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Monday, November 15, 1999 Published at 03:41 GMT


Curriculum to go online

The revised curriculum will come into force in September 2000

A website setting out the revised national curriculum for schools goes online on Monday.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has designed the site so teachers, pupils and their parents can access the curriculum online.

The 10am launch has been timed to coincide with the release of the new national curriculum handbooks to schools.

The site will contain the entire contents of the new primary and secondary handbooks, setting out the revised curriculum which will come into force in September 2000.

But the QCA also plans to develop the website once it has received feedback from teachers, possibly with extra guidance notes to help teachers deliver the curriculum, and external links to other useful websites.

Marriage lessons

It will be the first time the national curriculum will be available online. Handbooks are traditionally delivered only to teachers, although they can be bought by the public.

The new handbooks containing the revised national curriculum will not go on sale until January.

The revised national curriculum caused as stir earlier this year, when it was revealed new guidelines said all schoolchildren should learn the importance of marriage.

Union leaders have also complained that the curriculum is still too prescriptive and allows teachers too little freedom over how they teach.

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