Have just been in a superb seminar with Tim Oates, who is on a part-time secondment with the Department for Education to lead the National Curriculum Review Expert Panel.  His day job is Director of Assessment Research and Development at Cambridge Assessment.  Tim was discussing his thoughts (see paper below) on the shaping of the new national curriculum proposals – a much mis-understood and much maligned topic, if current press coverage is anything to go by.

Could do better: using international comparisons to refine the National Curriculum in England