Managing for Continuity
By 1931 the Hadow Report on primary education was laying more stress on continuity. Successive official reports and publications from 1931 until the present day have drawn attention to the desirability of continuity. The Plowden Report has an entire chapter entitled 'Continuity and Consistency between the Stages of Education.' There are several issues intertwined in the debate about continuity. Liaison may make transition less fraught for children, their families and the new school, but it does not necessarily involve any continuity. The arrival of the National Curriculum which applies from five to sixteen will impose a more continuous curriculum where voluntary efforts had largely failed. Continuity in how children are taught is likely to remain elusive. The argument for continuity is not an argument for making secondary schools just like primary schools, rather it is an argument for avoiding unnecessary disruption in children's learning and development.