A week in

25th March 2016 at 00:00

The future of primary education will be discussed at a conference in London marking 10 years since the launch of the Cambridge Primary Review – a comprehensive study led by Professor Robin Alexander. Teachers, heads and researchers are being asked to submit proposals for discussion sessions for the 18 November event. Find out more at bit.ly/CPRTconference

Outdoor play is in decline according to a new survey, which reveals that three-quarters of six- to 11-year-olds spend less time outside – in non-school time – than the daily 60 minutes recommended by the UN for prison inmates. The report, Play in Balance, commissioned by Persil, polled 12,000 parents worldwide. In the UK, 75 per cent of respondents said that their child preferred to play virtual sports than real ones. Educationalist Sir Ken Robinson said: “Active play is the natural and primary way that children learn…yet too often play is disregarded as frivolous and pointless.”

The top provider for postgraduate primary training this year was the Billericay Educational Consortium SCITT, according to The Good Teacher Training Guide, published by the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham (bit.ly/TopProvider). The guide, which was put together by Professor Alan Smithers and Mandy-Diana Coughlan, rates training providers according to entry qualifications required, quality and teaching take-up.

A pilot project is exploring the benefits of children receiving full-time education in a museum, rather than a classroom. As part of the initiative, Kensington Children’s Centre in Liverpool took three- and four-year-olds to Tate Liverpool, a Year 5 class from Hadrian Primary School in South Shields was based at nearby Arbeia Roman Fort and a Reception class from St Thomas Community Primary School in Swansea went to the city’s National Waterfront Museum. The project was developed by architect Wendy James and researchers at King’s College London. The findings will be published in the autumn (bit.ly/SchoolMuseum).


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