Category: Primary schools

SNP must scotch its disastrous curriculum

SNP must scotch its disastrous curriculum

Scotland’s education system was once envied across the world and countries scrambled to copy it. But now, under the SNP’s rule, it has become a scandal which the rulers north of the border are attempting to cover up. The progressive approach taken by the 2010 ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ is to blame. Trendy methods excited university…

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How to put the ass into assessments

How to put the ass into assessments

One effect of the pandemic not yet wholly appreciated is the way it has exposed the weakness in assessing children’s progress at primary school level. A dramatic shake-up of the SATs system around four years ago has left educators and parents unaware of exactly how children in this age range are faring. Before the changes,…

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Back to basics – what schools should focus on in September

Back to basics – what schools should focus on in September

Primary school children should be taught basic numeracy and literacy when schools resume in September. The lockdown inevitably means many children will be behind, and knowing these basic building blocks is vital. Even for those who are on top of the subjects, a refresher term is no bad thing because numeracy and literacy are so…

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Primary teachers need to learn SATs are essential for secondary education

Primary teachers need to learn SATs are essential for secondary education

Primary schools up and down the country would have received this year’s SATs results yesterday and spent all day digesting the figures to see where they stand. And with predictable great timing, a survey of primary school teachers was published yesterday morning just as headteachers were crunching the headline figures. Low and behold, 97% of…

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