'Rigorous' curriculum unveiled

A "rigorous, engaging and tough" new national curriculum will be unveiled later today. The Prime Minister has described the changes as a "revolution in education", but school leaders are warning the speed of change could result in "chaos"

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CBI: Rigorous academic knowledge 'isn't enough'

The CBI has welcomed some of the Government's changes to the national curriculum, but said focusing on rigorous academic knowledge "isn't enough on its own".

Neil Carberry, CBI director of employment and skills, said: "Businesses want a system where young people are equipped with the broader skills they need to be rounded, grounded and ready for work.

David Cameron addresses children at St Mary's and St John's CE School in north London. Credit: David Bebber/The Times/PA Wire

"The original design and technology proposals badly lacked academic and technical rigour, while being out of step with the modern workplace.

"The new proposals feel much sharper and focused on the technical skills industry and employers need, though that must now be backed by really effective specialist teaching".

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