I will be one of the very few teachers who remembers how life was before the National Curriculum in schools, in the 1970s. We moved from the Midlands to Wiltshire with my husband's work. Our daughter went to a new school in Chippenham and complained bitterly that she was put on "baby" work. When I looked into the matter, our 9 year old daughter was now doing at this school work that she had already covered between 6 and 7 years of age in her last school, and this was in both English and maths in this school. When I complained, I was told by the headmaster that she could just move to another school if I wasn't satisfied. I sat in classrooms for the same age groups in 7 different schools and the levels of learning were huge. An 11 year old would have been put in a low class at secondary school, not because of his/her ability, but because they had not covered the work required for the new school. We had an open meeting (1978) and Wiltshire Education discovered that what I said was correct. "Guidelines" were brought in so that levels of learning were more or less the same in each school because others had experienced the same as us. These huge variations in what was being taught at each age in various schools meant that when children came into a school from other areas, they would fit in easily with the new school as regards what they had or had not learned. Scrapping the National Curriculum could mean that we go back to those days again - - - or not? What do you think?