Around 2010, we found ourselves blessed with numerous great-nephews and great-nieces who liked to come and stay with us for a while before we drove them back to their parents with our endless pleadings to ‘do some study’. We looked for a resource that informed us what the children were learning at school so that we could understand their educational needs and give them some useful help.
It seemed the logical place to look was the Department of Education website but that was less than helpful and certainly not encouraging. We wondered why it was that amongst the 1,510 London-based staff at the DfE, there was nobody prepared to develop a section of the website that explained the curriculums to parents in everyday language. So it was back to Googling…
We found useful snippets to help us at various places on the Internet but nothing approached a coherent resource that set the parameters of each subject for each year group. Furthermore, the useful resources that did exist were so scattered about and in so many varied forms that more time was spent searching for them than learning.