National Curriculum

Education and Skills written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Stephen Hesford Stephen Hesford Labour, Wirral West

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how her Department will tailor the curriculum to stretch academically able pupils.

Photo of Stephen Twigg Stephen Twigg Minister of State (Education and Skills) (School Standards)

Our White Paper published on 23 February includes a range of proposals for ensuring stretch for all pupils across the 11 to 19 phase of secondary education. These include freeing up time at Key Stage 3 to introduce scope for greater breadth, depth and pace for gifted and talented pupils; the opportunity to provide some higher education courses in maintained schools; and building on the strengths of the existing GCSE and A-level qualifications in order to increase stretch and challenge for all pupils.

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