Real problems planning history for KS2 for 2014

I’sure Gove has no idea what problems he is causing my insisting that all pupils at KS2 are taught the new curriculum from 2014. I have worked with numerous schools that have been tied in knots trying to avoid pupils repeating topics from the old curriculum again within the new curriculum, often within a couple of years. When I am trying to encourage schools to come up with a clear rationale for their new curriculum, the transition is very messy indeed and will make little sense to the parents. Why the dreadful rush? A phased introduction would have ensured real quality: now there is a lot of damage limitation going on and it makes a mockery of trying to bring the very coherence that Gove is asking for.

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