1994 Warwick Evaluation (text)
The Warwick Evaluation (1994)
Evaluation of the Implementation of English in the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 (1991-1993)
London: School Curriculum and Assessment Authority 1994
The English component of the National Curriculum was introduced in schools in the autumn term 1990. There were clearly concerns about it right from the start, because the following summer the National Curriculum Council (NCC) commissioned the University of Warwick to undertake an evaluation of the English curriculum. Work began in September 1991.
To complicate matters, a year later the NCC advised the Secretary of State that the English Order needed revising. The Secretary of State asked the NCC to conduct a review, and this was completed in March 1993. The Warwick project team therefore had to conduct their evaluation against this changing background.
The project team, led by Professor Bridie Raban, Urszula Clark and Joanna McIntyre, published their interim report in 1992. Their final report - the 'Warwick Evaluation' - was completed in August 1993 and published in 1994 by the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority (SCAA), which replaced the NCC in 1993.
Other reports on the teaching of English include:
Newbolt (1921) The Teaching of English in England;
Summary of the report's main recommendations
The report made the following recommendations (pages 126-7):
The report online
The complete report, including the appendices, is presented in a single web page. I have corrected a handful of typing errors.
The report contains some fairly idiosyncratic (and inconsistent) use of capitalisation. It is shown here as printed.
I have numbered the preliminary pages - in the printed version they were unnumbered.
Most of the tables are shown as images.
The above notes were prepared by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 25 May 2013.