Category: Primary schools

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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Why are businesses having to teach youngsters English and Maths?

Why are businesses having to teach youngsters English and Maths?

For decades, universities and businesses have complained that many coming through the school system have sub-standard literacy and numeracy skills. While the 2014 National Curriculum changes were a move in the right direction, the problem remains. The boss of John Lewis, Dame Sharon White, has recently disclosed that the business is giving basic English and…

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Poor homework policies in state primaries come home to roost

Poor homework policies in state primaries come home to roost

It infuriates children and often irritates parents. Many teachers can do without it and progressive educationalists want it abolished. But homework for primary school children is important – and the pandemic has shown just why. Before Covid came it was the case that most state primary children were not being taught to be independent learners.…

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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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