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PRIMARY teachers are being channelled into hosting quiz-show style lessons where pupils get just five seconds to speak, according to new research by Newcastle University.

Its study reinforces concerns that national literacy and numeracy strategies reduce children's chances to think and talk.

Co-author Dr Frank Hardman, reader in language in education, said: "We looked at the whole-class sessions because that's what policy-makers and curriculum designers claimed had the most impact.

"But our findings suggest that pupils' contributions are fairly minimal and pupils are not able to think through their ideas, most of the time they are contributing very brief answers of one or two words."

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