Nadhim Zahawi MP has welcomed news that Stratford-on-Avon schoolchildren will begin the new national curriculum this week.
The new curriculum emphasises a body of core knowledge in key subjects which employers and universities value. It places special importance on reading, writing and maths at primary school, as well as a brand new computing curriculum which has been designed in collaboration with the IT industry.
Of special importance to Stratford, the new English curriculum will require 11-14 year olds to have studied at least two Shakespeare plays.
Commenting, Nadhim said: "Stratford-on-Avon Schools delivered impressive GCSE results this year, and the new national curriculum will help them build on that great work. These reforms are all about giving young people the skills and knowledge to succeed in life. As someone who founded an online business, I know that the new computing curriculum is especially important.
"For the first time young people will have a chance to study programming, an essential tool for anyone wanting to work in the modern digital economy. We’re now expecting more of pupils because we want them to have the best possible start in life. I know that Stratford schools will rise to the challenge."