Since January of this year, Sir Jim Rose has been carrying out an independent review of primary education in the UK, on the instructions of the DCSF. The importance of this review can be easily gauged by the amount of press attention that the publication of today's interim report has generated.
Among the proposals put forward are suggestions that teaching children about emotional well-being and social skills should be a compulsory part of the curriculum. Other proposals include offering summer-born children the chance to start school earlier, and exploring ways to make the primary curriculum more "joined up" with nursery and secondary education. The full text of the interim report is online now, while the final report is due to appear next spring, so that the government can implement the recommendations it accepts from 2011.