Ask the horse where cart goes
Why then is the planned Department for Education and Skills summit to be part of a process in which researchers and academics will talk to "policy-makers", so that what they then produce will be guidance for teachers?
If they started with the practical and balanced view of a cross - section of good classroom practitioners, many of whom would have spotted the inherent lack of balance in the current strategy, they might find a more workable approach to a very important matter.
I am sorry if this is too complicated for the summit planners, but as a former secondary teacher, experienced local education authority officer and educational consultant with a wife and daughter who teach key stage 1 and reception I really wanted to suggest getting cart and horse the right way round this time.
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