The APPG Independent Education is undertaking a review on the subject “How independent schools can support a broad and balanced state school curriculum.” Submissions to the review can be made to Matthew Dent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A broad curriculum is the entitlement of all school pupils and is particularly important in tackling disadvantage and recovering from the educational effects of COVID-19.
The APPG is keen to understand what partnerships already exist which contribute to a broad curriculum in state schools, where there are opportunities for development, and how more work can be encouraged. In particular, those responding to the review will be asked to address:
- What challenges do state schools face in meeting their National Curriculum duties including, for example, the requirement for pupils to swim 25m by the end of Year 6?
- How can independent schools support schools in meeting their National Curriculum duties?
- How are independent schools currently supporting state schools with national curriculum duties?
- Is there scope for this work to be expanded further across the country, or into new curriculum areas?
- What are the benefits to pupils of access to high-quality arts, music, drama, and sport throughout their time at school? What are the costs of losing this access?
- What challenges do state schools face in providing a wide variety of arts, drama, music, and sports provision?
- How can independent schools support state schools in delivery of these subjects?
- How are independent schools currently contributing to these subjects?
- Is there scope for this work to be expanded further across the country, or into new subjects?
- Are there opportunities for independent schools to support the development of resilience, confidence, and other social skills through partnerships?
- Are there other subjects, not referenced elsewhere, which independent schools could support the delivery of? Are there existing examples of independent schools working to offer that support?
We are inviting written and oral evidence from across education – including state and independent schools, research bodies, charities, organisations which promote arts, music, drama, and other subjects, and anyone else with an interest in the subject.
Submission of written evidence is now open for anyone wanting to respond. Respondents can answer one or more of the above questions, and do not have to say something for each question. Submissions can be made to Matthew Dent at email@example.com– the deadline for submissions is 18th July 2022 at 23:59. Anyone with queries or wanting to discuss their submission in advance can contact Matthew Dent on the above address.