I know that Primary schools are structured to teach the National Curriculum and go through the motions. I also know that in Year 7 it sometimes seems that they have not taught the National Curriculum. I am not saying this is a personal moral failing of Primary teachers but I have no compunction in saying that many recently qualified staff in Primaries just aren't cut out for teaching in terms of temperament or ability. Yes, I've observed, yes I know many personally and it's a fact that many don't have specialist degrees and don't know their subjects but instead follow slavishly how-to-teach-Primary-[whatever] guide books and useless in-house subject policies some woe-begotten cluster-SLT have CCed around to their staff. We're seeing more of this ignorance in Secondary NQTs now that teaching has become a graduate starter job and ITT squats like Moloch at the end of every undergraduate course. I doubt many teachers and SLT have even read the National Curriculum.