In the new Teacher Training Agency curriculum for teacher training, outlined in the same TES, the "essential core" is totally to do with sub-skills: breaking down compound words, paragraphing, graphic and phonic knowledge, apostrophes in the right place. Why does the TTA not listen to the evidence of John Sullivan and thousands like him who indicate that sub-skills become interesting and easy when experienced within a context of a teacher who likes reading, knows hundreds of children's books and reads aloud well to the class? Why are not these the first "basics" in the national curriculum for primary English?
Mr Trowers gave John Sullivan "Dickens fever". What sort of fever will the new curriculum give our students and their pupils?
Judith Graham, Principal lecturer Roehampton Institute London SW15