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Paring back the curriculum would be a difficult and unnecessary task

Alaric Maude writes in The Conversation (10.12.14): ‘The belief that the primary school curriculum is overcrowded is questionable. The international comparisons used by the Wiltshire-Donnelly review as benchmarks against which to judge the Australian curriculum do not support it. In the first year of primary school in England the compulsory subjects are English, mathematics, science, art and design, computing, design and technology, geography, history, music and physical education. These continue throughout the primary years, with a second language being added in Year 3.’

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