The Core Curriculum

How and Why is it Chosen?
  • Patrick McNeill


In July 1987 Kenneth Baker, the Secretary of State for education, published proposals to introduce a core curriculum in schools. He wants pupils between eleven and 16 to be taught three core subjects: maths, English and science. They would take up between 30 and 40 per cent of the pupils’ timetable. Seven other subjects (a modern foreign language, technology, history, geography, art, music and physical education) should take up perhaps 50 per cent of the remaining time, leaving somewhere between 10 and 20 per cent of the timetable for everything else, including religious education. Many topics such as health education and careers advice can, Baker suggests, be taught through other subjects.


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Further Reading

  1. Ball, S. (1986) Education (Longman).Google Scholar
  2. Reid, I. (1986) The Sociology of School and Education (Fontana) pp. 68–76. And, for the much more advanced:Google Scholar
  3. Bernstein, B. (1971) ‘On the Classification and Framing of Educational Knowledge’, in M.F.D. Young, Knowledge and Control (Collier Macmillan).Google Scholar

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© David Barrat, Chris Brown, Tony Cole, Peter de la Cour, David Cutler and Karim Murji, Roger Gomm, Patrick McNeill 1991

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