Hello, In just over two weeks I'm going to have an interview at Kingston University. As well as working on interview questions, maths and English tests, I am also trying to form an overview of education policy/education issues. I've been reading an condensed version of the 'Importance of Teaching' white paper, the Cambridge Review, the Rose Review (although I understand this framework is down defunct), Every Child Matters etc. etc. However, I'm finding these documents pretty heavy going, since they are couched in a very particular language (more political than technical). Although I'm used to political arguments, I'm trying to work out how their shifts in emphasis actually translate in the classroom? In other words: what they actually mean in practice. For example the white paper suggests a more minimal 'concise' curriculum which focuses on subject content. Cambridge suggests a broader curriculum that doesn't allow itself to be distorted by 'the basics' at the expense of other subjects. In practice, in the classroom I've seen teachers work with topics that encompass many subjects at the same time, generally play the game when it comes to core subjects but otherwise show a real commitment to providing a broad education for the children. Does the white paper suggest a narrowing of the curriculum or will the promised greater teacher freedom and authority allow for the space to broaden it? Any tips on forming a grounding in education policy/debates? What are the most important issues right now? Any tips on how to make this stuff 'stick'?