What the heads said about...

20th October 2000 at 01:00
* Standards Fund money

"Standards Fund money arrives in unknown quantities, in dribs and drabs, and has to be spent in a time span that makes planned management virtually impossible."

"The giving of ring-fenced money for, in particular, the literacy-hour support and the big-brother approach has enraged me ...

"Class size is not as important as having the flexible funding to meet the needs of pupils. Current funding does not allow time for teachers to be released to effectively monitor progress, and teaching quality."

* General funding

"We admit a high percentage of pupils who are beginners in learnng English. Funding is calculated one year after entry and it is therefore difficult to provide additional help for such children when they need it most."

"Purchasing sufficient books for group reading has been costly and finding good quality and good range has been time-consuming."

"Although funding is a major issue, the biggest problem is lack of time. To fit 40 hours' curriculum teaching into 25 is asking too much. Where oh where are the individualised reading programmes? To interact, children need to communicate, but how much time does the literacy strategy allow to exercise communications skills?"

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