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Whitehouse Consultancy: Education Poll

 ComRes  interviewed  2,060  British  adults  online  between  the  23rd  and  26th  May  2014.  Data  were  weighted  to  be  representative  of  all  GB  adults  aged  18+.  ComRes  is  a 

member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.  

Date Published: 05 Jun 2014

Categories: Education | Public and communities | Public Sector | Social | UK


One in four Britons believe that schools should have the most responsibility for setting their own curriculum, according to a new ComRes poll commissioned by political communications specialist the Whitehouse Consultancy.

The poll for the Whitehouse Consultancy found that only 24% of British adults believe that individual schools should be most responsible for what is on the curriculum. Twice as many people (49%) believe that the national Government should set what is on the curriculum, with 17% thinking it should be up to the local councils.

The findings follow countless coalition disputes over how much freedom schools should have in setting what they teach our children, following the introduction of Free Schools in 2010. Free Schools, a flagship policy of Education Secretary Michael Gove, are able to set their own curriculum, decide how best to spend funding and employ their own staff. Whilst supportive of many of the aims of Free Schools, Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has questioned in the past year whether there is any point in a national curriculum, “if only a few schools have to teach it?” His Liberal Democrat colleague, and Education Minister, David Laws is also said to be critical of moves to prioritise free schools over their local authority-run counterparts.

The survey for the Whitehouse Consultancy also found that one in three Britons support the national Government in setting how much a school pays its staff (35%), with only 26% believing that individual schools bear most responsibility for setting the pay of its teachers and head teacher. Twenty nine per cent of those surveyed called for the local council to be most responsible for schools’ pay structures.

Nearly half (47%) did believe, however, that schools should be most responsible for deciding how much time is spent on extra-curricular activities such as sports and music, with only 23% believing that this should be the responsibility of the Government.



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