Launched in May 2003, the PNS is a government strategy aimed at enriching pupils' experience of primary education. It places a particular emphasis on encouraging high standards of literacy and numeracy, and to this end encompasses and renews the already established National Literacy and National Numeracy Strategies, subsequently jointly referred to as the Primary Framework for literacy and mathematics. The level of support originally given to these two curriculum areas is extended under the Strategy to other subjects, including music, physical education, and modern foreign languages, as well as to the use of information communication technology to facilitate teaching and learning. The declared goal of the Strategy is that primary schools should be enabled to provide excellent teaching and an enjoyable experience of learning. To this end, it encourages schools to set their own attainment targets at Key Stage 2 for national curriculum levels 4 and 5, with local authority target‐setting following this lead. It also encourages networking between schools for the purpose of disseminating and sharing good practice, as well as closer links with parents and with the local community. In these ways, it is claimed, schools will be enabled to exert more control over their curriculum and to develop their individual characteristics and strengths. Under the Strategy, government provides additional support for the professional development of teachers and for the leadership development of school heads. It also trials an alternative approach to the assessment of pupil attainment at Key Stage 1, using tests to underpin the assessment carried out by teachers, rather than reporting the results of the tests separately.
http://www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/primary Provides a history and summary of the Strategy.