Category: Education

Nappies in class – and what parents should be doing

Nappies in class – and what parents should be doing

An alarming poll of almost 1,000 primary school teachers and senior staff revealed that half of new pupils aren’t ‘school ready’. There has for some time been a percentage of four-year-olds who turn up at school barely able to eat properly and still wearing nappies. Some parents, who perhaps began school in this manner themselves,…

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Teaching, and what should be left out

Teaching, and what should be left out

Teaching is a professional job. Teachers must be professional at all times and leave their politics outside the school gate. What they must never do is seek to influence their pupils in a partisan way. It is a fundamental expectation of the profession to present all subject matter in a balanced manner. It should not…

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Why ‘fonyks’ works

Why ‘fonyks’ works

A new study has declared the way school pupils learn to read is ‘uninformed and failing children’, and there have been calls on the government to drop its phonics focus. I disagree. The UCL’s Institute of Education says that phonics learning isn’t ‘underpinned by the latest evidence’ – but it is underpinned by the experience…

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Xmas tips for helping children catch up

Xmas tips for helping children catch up

With disrupted schooling due to Covid many parents are keen to ensure their children haven’t fallen too far behind… Basic reading and numeracy are the two most important things that children should be competent in, especially before they go up to secondary school. Here are a few tips that will enable parents to help their…

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