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Curriculum changes are 'flawed' says advisor

The proposed changes to the primary school curriculum in England have been condemned as "fatally flawed" by an expert adviser to the review.

Professor Andrew Pollard has written a blog distancing himself from the plans for English, maths and science.

He argues that the proposed curriculum is too narrowly prescriptive for the "real world of classrooms".

Prof Pollard, writing in an Institute of Education blog, warned that the proposals published by the government earlier this week failed to recognise the range of ability levels, particularly the less able.

He warned that the level of prescribed detail would have a profoundly "constraining" effect on teachers in the classroom.

"The approach is fatally flawed without parallel consideration of the needs of learners," wrote Prof Pollard.