Changing Teaching and Learning in the Primary School by Rosemary Webb

By Rosemary Webb

“With care, and in partnership with others, it will probably but be attainable to beat modern dilemmas and to supply the prime quality, rounded and pleasurable schooling for all to which such a lot of aspire. This ebook is helping significantly in knowing modern difficulties and demanding situations in fundamental schooling – it can be crucial, well timed and merits to be generally read.”
Andrew Pollard, Institute of schooling, London

  • what's the influence of recent Labour’s schooling regulations on basic colleges?
  • What are the most classes to be discovered from fresh study on basic schools?
  • What are the consequences for the way forward for basic schooling?

during this topical e-book, top lecturers in basic schooling overview New Labour’s schooling coverage. They draw at the findings of the newest study to debate the effect of guidelines on basic institution perform and at the perspectives and stories of fundamental college lecturers and scholars. present matters and projects are analysed to spot the level to which coverage is formed via prior occasions, developments and assumptions. The members ponder the way forward for basic schooling, supply suggestions in school, LEA and nationwide point, and make feedback for destiny learn.

Changing educating and studying within the basic School emphasises the crucial value of taking children’s views under consideration whilst making alterations in coverage and perform. by way of focusing predominantly on instructing and studying at Key degree 2, the publication addresses the imbalance among the diversity and intensity of data provided on pre-school and child schooling and that to be had on junior educating.

this can be key examining for college kids on basic preliminary instructor education programmes, schooling stories scholars, fundamental institution academics and lecture room assistants, in addition to schooling researchers and faculty leaders.

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That is unacceptable’ (Labour Party 1996: 1). HMCI Woodhead’s Annual Report (Ofsted 1996: 8) noted ‘. . overall standards need to be 28 CHANGING TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL raised in about half of primary schools’. Which was the Father and which the Son in this Trinity was unclear, but Woodhead, who the previous year had claimed that 15,000 teachers were incompetent, was the moving, though probably not the Holy, Spirit in it. The election of the Labour government brought in a continuation, and an intensification, of the focus on literacy and numeracy, established under the Conservatives in 1996.

The SIMS results appeared to confirm, in respect of mathematics, all the messages about poor standards coming, however gently, from HMI since 1978. ’ 1987–1996: standards and accountability by statute The Education Reform Act of 1988, preceded by a consultation paper in 1987, introduced a statutory and highly detailed curriculum comprising 10 subjects, statutory assessment and testing at age 7 and 11, and the publication of results. The Acts that followed provided for statutory inspection of schools and publication of the inspection report, with the responsibility for the conduct of inspections being given to a unique non-ministerial government department, the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).

I would never have thought of that ten years ago. (Deputy head, June 2004) Plenary sessions were viewed as very important for revisiting learning objectives, bringing the threads of the lesson together, diagnosing pupil understanding and planning the next steps in pupil learning. However, they were often experienced as problematic because they were rushed and overreliant on getting pupils to read out their work. TEACHERS’ PERSPECTIVES ON TEACHING 41 The impact of the strategies on teaching methods For teachers trained since the implementation of the NLS and the NNS the teaching approaches advocated through the strategies were second nature.

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