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Cambridge Primary Review: government would do well to heed these child-centred recommendations

The Alexander Review bristles with intellectual gravitas - an endangered species in the current world of educational thinking.

I agree we should move away from a compliance culture that encourages conformity rather than originality, that experienced teachers need autonomy to be effective, and that centralised reform has gone too far in relation to curriculum and pedagogy.

The actor Patrick Stewart was inspired by a charismatic English teacher ("My English teacher propelled me beyond the final frontier", October 16), not a drone slavishly implementing the "state theory of learning".

Stan Labovitch, Secondary teacher, Windsor.

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