Standards must be our priority

11th March 2005 at 00:00
The suggestion that I am encouraging schools to reject workforce reform (TES, February 18) is completely false and a wilful distortion of my comments.

Remodelling and raising standards must go hand in hand. It is essential to give teachers time to plan, prepare and assess - all of which are critical to effective teaching and learning.

This is something primary schools in particular have found difficult to provide. Through the National Remodelling Team and the Primary National Strategy, we are providing support to help all schools implement PPA and raise standards.

The clear aim is to enrich and improve, not jeopardise, the quality of the educational experience.

Dr Kevan Collins

National director

Primary National Strategy Centre for School Standards

60 Queens Road, Reading

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