Section 4

Unit 4.1: The Aims of Primary Education

Cambridge Primary Review:

Children's Plan:

Every Child Matters:

Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain:

Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA):

Although there are no websites specifically addressing the aims and goals of education from a philosophical perspective, there are some very useful sites from related fields. Websites are rarely quality assured, so the reader needs to be cautious in accessing information from them. Nevertheless, when used carefully, the following sites should help supplement the ideas and debates discussed in this chapter.

The Encyclopaedia of Informal Education:
As its name suggests, this site focuses on non-traditional approaches to education. It contains entries on a wide range of topics, including brief discussions of philosophers.

Encyclopaedia of Philosophy of Education:
This multi-national, incomplete project provides short articles on a range of topics.

The Ism Book:
This is ‘an intellectual “field guide” that provides brief definitions of theories, doctrines, movements, and approaches in philosophy, religion, politics, science, the arts, and related disciplines.’ As such, it is quite a useful reference for students of education.

Philosophy of Education Societies: (UK) (US) (Canada) (Australasia)

Unit 4.2: The Curriculum

Cambridge Primary Review:
This website contains links to the evidence for the large-scale, wide-ranging independent review of primary education headed by Robin Alexander and based at the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Education.

Children, Schools and Families Committee:
This House of Commons Select Committee's report on the National Curriculum was one of the most important government education reports of the 2000s.

Children's Plan:

Every Child Matters:
This DCSF programme is aimed at improving outcomes for all children and young people.

Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum (Rose Review):

International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks Internet Archive:
INCA's archive is a useful resource for comparing different countries.

National Curriculum:
This is the home of the National Curriculum for England.

National Strategies:
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum requirements are shown here.

Unit 4.3: The National Context for the Curriculum

Barber, M. (2000) ‘Large-scale reform is possible’, Education Week, 25 November:

Cambridge Primary Review:

Campaign for Learning:

Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) Primary Framework for Literacy and Mathematics:

Excellence and Enjoyment: A Strategy for Primary Schools:

Independent Review of the Curriculu (Rose Review):

National Curriculum in Action:

National Curriculum in Northern Ireland:

National Curriculum in Wales:

National Strategies:
For reports and articles on the National Strategies, including a further summary of relevant research, see also:

Primary Framework for Literacy and Mathematics:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority:

Rose, J. (2006) Independent Review of the Teaching of Early Reading:

Teaching and Learning in 2020 Review Group (2006) Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage:

Unit 4.4: The Scottish Context for the Curriculum

Bell, S. (2003) The Scottish Storyline Method:

Curriculum for Excellence:

For the Curriculum for Excellence, see also Scotland's Colleges website:
and Learning Curve Education's website:

Eisner, E.W. (2004) ‘Artistry in teaching’, Cultural Commons:

GLOW is a core element of support for the Curriculum for Excellence.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education (HMIE) Report to SEED on the Delivery of the National Priorities:

Journey to Excellence:
The online resource for professional development provided by HMIE.

KPMG Foundation The Long Term Costs Of Literacy Difficulties:

Learning and Teaching Scotland Curriculum for Excellence: The Four Capacities:

Scottish Government:
Contains links to Portrait of Current Practice reports.

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