The essentials of a balanced and broadly based primary curriculum
17 July 2019

A four page bulletin called ‘The essentials of a balanced and broadly-based primary curriculum’ has recently been published by ASPE (the Association for the Study of Primary Education). Written by Dr Tony Eaude, it argues that such a curriuclum is beneficial for all children of primary age, providing a rationale based on research for why this is so and suggesting briefly what such a curriculum should entail. It argues especially for the importance of the humanities (fitting in well with the message of Humanities 20;20) and the arts and is timely given the increased importance which the new Ofsted Framework gives to a balanced and broadly-based curriculum, especially in Key Stage 2. A link to the bulletin is at but please feel free to contact the author on if you would like a copy or wish to discuss the ideas.

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