A week in

27th November 2015 at 00:00

Feral dogs and dangerous monkeys are among the challenges facing teachers at the latest primary school in the Ark academy chain, which has opened in India. Lajpat-Nagar III Primary has become the first overseas school to be sponsored by a UK academy chain. The school, which is free to attend, has been established in partnership with local government in South Delhi. Kruti Bharucha, director of Ark India, said the team had to contend with “a record-breaking heat wave, a lack of water facilities, language barriers and even struggling with wild dogs and unruly monkeys, who are known for breaking into unsecured classrooms”.

A study has revealed that more than 90 per cent of primary teachers in England believe they should be teaching children about climate change, despite the topic not being included in the national curriculum until key stage 3. The research was commissioned by Bristol 2015, the organisation overseeing the city’s year as European Green Capital. More than half of respondents (51 per cent) said the subject should be a high priority in primary education.

Poetry By Heart, the national poetry recitation competition for young people, has launched new primary poetry resources. Co-director Julie Blake said the key stage 1-2 resources had been developed in response to demand from primary teachers. The 65 poems, including classic and contemporary works, were chosen by Morag Styles, former professor of children’s poetry at the University of Cambridge and trustee of the Poetry Archive. Schools can register for the free resource at www.poetrybyheart.org.uk

Men make up one-tenth of the early years workforce, according to data released this week. But the Education at a Glance 2015 survey, from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, finds that the average among 33 developed countries is even lower, with just 7 per cent of pre-primary teachers being men. Only two countries have a higher figure than the UK: France with 17 per cent and the Netherlands with 13 per cent.


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