Schools should be less constrained by the National Curriculum, Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, says on Monday.
In a speech to the Centre Forum think-tank at the Microsoft headquarters in London, he will call for an end to the “one size fits all” approach to education.
He will call for the establishment of an education standards authority to tackle accusations of dumbing down by ensuring exams retain their gold standard.
I raise this as there’s clearly an ongoing competition amongst the mainstream politicians to talk up “freeing” schools from the burden of local and central government diktat.
But what happens if and when that occurs, and how do subjects like drug education the wider health education agenda do in that brave new world?
Does a more light touch centre free up more space for the personal social development of pupils, or do you get even less time as the core curriculum benefits from not being constrained by other considerations?