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Dr Yolande Muschamp coordinated the University's initial response to the Review
Dr Yolande Muschamp coordinated the University's initial response to the Review

Internal News - 18 October 2006

University educationalists selected to advise on national review

Members of the Departments of Education and Social & Policy Sciences have been selected as consultants for the biggest independent enquiry into primary education in England for almost 40 years.

The Primary Review will examine how well the current system of primary education is doing and how it can be improved, and it will consider how primary schools should respond to the national and global challenges which lie ahead. The Review will culminate in a report containing recommendations for future policy and practice.

The launch of the review follows nearly three years of planning and consultation involving the government, opposition parties, statutory national educational agencies, teaching unions, and representatives from local authorities, schools, educational research, parents’ groups, business and religious communities.

University staff will be part of a team of over 60 research consultants from universities across the UK. Working mostly in teams of two or three, the consultants will undertake the 31 research surveys relating to the Review’s 10 themes which include: curriculum & assessment; diversity & inclusion; and parenting, caring & educating.

Dr Yolande Muschamp, Head of Department, said: “The Review promises to be the largest and most significant independent review of Primary Education since the Plowden Report of 1967.

“To have eight members of staff acting as consultants is really good news and is recognition of the considerable expertise of my colleagues. We are happy that one of our consultants is Dr Tess Ridge from the Department of Social & Policy Sciences. Between us we will contribute to four of the ten themes to be investigated.”

Their work will support the work done by the director, Professor Robin Alexander from the University of Cambridge, and a 20-strong Advisory Committee, chaired by Dame Gillian Pugh, whose members come from both inside and outside education. The review will be based at the Cambridge University Faculty of Education and is to be supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the largest independent grant-making foundations in the UK.

Consultants from the Department of Education are: Dr Yolande Muschamp, Dr Rita Chawla-Duggan, Professor Harry Daniels, Professor Hugh Lauder, Dr John Lowe, Dr Jill Porter, Dr Felicity Wikeley, and Dr Tess Ridge from the Department of Social & Policy Sciences.

For further information about the review see www.primaryreview.org.uk

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