Primary all-rounders need help of specialists

28th October 2005 at 01:00
* I don't know why there should still be any assumption that junior school teaching is best accomplished largely by a single teacher for each class.

The recent House of Commons report on the teaching of reading shows that most teachers are not even well equipped for this, their primary task.

Research has also consistently shown that most primary teachers are, justifiably, not confident of their competence in maths and science.

Given the UK's abysmal performance in foreign languages, how are these same staff going to cope with the new right to foreign language teaching for primary children?

Will we continue with what every report since the 1860s shows to be education on the cheap?

Michael Martin

35 Bright Road



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