Heads and pupils back change

28th September 2001 at 01:00
Glasgow, languishing at the bottom of every educational league table, has opted for an approach to its primary schools which the city believes is the most radical ever attempted in Britain. Neil Munro reports

Primary heads, consulted in 1998 and 1999, said their priorities and concerns were:

* A curriculum of sufficient breadth and depth.

* The poor state of school accommodation.

* Problems of managing small schools.

* Staff development for specialist subjects and ICT.

* Liaison with pre-five centres, secondary schools and local communities "to provide continuity for pupils".

A survey of pupils also criticised the condition of schools, particularly the small size of classroom and poor accommodation for PE.

Halls used for dining, PE and assembly were not popular. Pupils complained about the smell of food and having to use floors that were still wet.

Toilets were described as "outdated and unpleasant".

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