When I started my teaching career, the aim of education was to develop children's potential to the full so that they could live a full and useful life.
In the past 10 years, not enough attention has been paid to the children who are being left behind. These children have not benefited enough from the help they have been given in reading and basic arithmetic to enable them to get on in ordinary life.
Isn't it time that new strategies were found? Perhaps teachers who taught very successfully in the 1950s and 1960s could be drawn into the discussion. I am one of these and would welcome the opportunity to do so.
Mary E Patterson Brentwood, Essex