Proposals to revamp the curriculum for 11-14 year-olds (key stage three) will place more emphasis on developing skills such as initiative, enterprise and independent learning – skills which, the government says are particularly valued by employers.
As well as traditional texts such as Shakespeare and Dickens, greater attention will be paid to spoken English. Schools will also be able to offer economically useful languages such as Mandarin and Urdu.
Through maths youngsters will be given lessons in personal finance, enterprise and financial capability, investment and trade and learning about risk and reward.
Education and skills secretary Alan Johnson said: “The new draft curriculum is designed to create greater flexibility for schools so they can ensure pupils master the basics as well as offer more stretching opportunities for those who excel. The curriculum should evolve to meet a rapidly changing world, and enable teachers to teach in a way that will continue to interest and enthuse their pupils.”
The proposed changes are the subject of a consultation which runs until April 30. Details can be found here.