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The National Curriculum in a Primary School

ByAnne Waterhouse

I trained as an infant teacher in the late 1960s and began work through the early days of the Plowden era. I have always considered myself to be 'childcentred'. After all, what are schools for if not to work with children? At the same time, however, I also subscribe to the view that there should be a National Curriculum, with decisions about what children learn being made by the wider community. The responsibility for how this should be presented to the children should, however, rest with teachers and schools following consultations with parents, governors and appropriate representatives from the community.