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ALCS members call for a rethink on plans for arm’s-length curriculum body

ALCS co-signed a letter in July 2022 with other sector organisations to push the Department for Education to halt a policy initiative to convert Oak National Academy into a curriculum Arms-Length Body. The change could be detrimental to educational writers who contribute so much to the resources that schools use to educate children in the UK.

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Recently, ALCS co-ordinated with the Publishers Association, the Society of Authors, the British Educational Suppliers Association, Publishers’ Licensing Services and the Copyright Licensing Agency asking the Education Secretary to suspend the creation of a new arm’s-length body (ALB) “due to a lack of evidence and of due scrutiny, exacerbated by current political uncertainty”.


This initiative may impact on the monies you receive from primary and secondary rights. We ask you to write to your MP urgently, telling them what educational writing means to you and why a curriculum ALB should be stopped. A suggested template to help is available.  Ultimately it is important the new Education Minister, Kit Malthouse, hears from a number of MPs indicating there is a concern that needs to be addressed and you can help achieve this.

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