My colleagues and I feel great concern about the implementation of the literacy hour in junior schools.
Our school is a large inner-city junior with 300 pupils and a teaching staff of 14. We are currently taking part in the second phase pilot scheme to introduce the literacy hour. In accordance with the scheme's training programmes two key teachers have received six days' training subsequent to the start of the summer term. The remainder of the staff have received one day in-service training the day before term started and have another training day scheduled for later this term.
We are expected to implement the new scheme throughout the school by the start of the January term. However, we have found that the training and funding we have been given have been insufficient to enable us to plan and therefore teach "the hour". As a consequence we have spent countless hours as a staff and individually trying to overcome the problem of how we can make this work. The atmosphere and morale of the staff have varied from depression to open revolt.
We welcome views from other schools participating in this pilot scheme.
Wellsbourne junior school Abbotsfoot Road Liverpool