International Journal of Art & Design Education

Art and Design in the National Curriculum

Volume 7.3   1988



John Steers presents an account of a chain of events that, at the time, were so recent that it was only just possible to organise them within a coherent framework. The main subject of this essay is the Government's preparations for the implementation of a national curriculum for England, consisting of 'core' and 'foundation' subjects, to be taught and tested to agreed, enforced criteria. Steers argues that the sequence of ministerial and professional initiatives described, the often mutually uninformed reactions, the precipitate response to deadlines, and the confusion concerning disciplinary boundaries, suggested random clumsiness rather than consensual co-ordination.