School start age ‘should be six’
The age at which pupils start school should be raised to six or seven, a teachers’ association suggests.
Yup. Definitely. But with the present regime, you’re peeing into the wind, sorry, rowing upstream if you suggest that, maybe, parents and children should spend more than the bare minimum of time together, whether on a daily or yearly scale.
It’s not so much that, as the DCSF* spokesman’s reply that I’m interested in…
But a spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools
and Families said: “The formal school starting age of five has served
children well for decades and standards in our primary schools have
never been higher.
SO the complaints about the functional rate of illiteracy and innumeracy rates increasing are imaginary? Okay.
“All the evidence – key stage results, international comparisons and Ofsted reports – make this clear.
*cough* Unless you look at comparisons with literacy rates in Scandinavian countries, or indeed the international comparison which named our children as the unhappiest in the developed world.
“We want all children to make progress in literacy and
numeracy at an early age, as these skills are critical to their ability
to get the most out of learning later on.
“Whether or not they are ready to make progress. If we can’t make reading a chore, what’s the point?”
“The first years of schooling focus on play-based
activities in addition to formal learning – the curriculum is
age-appropriate and we actively support teachers to adapt their
teaching to the needs of children.”
As long as they stay within the bounds of the national curriculum, literacy hour, numeracy hour, dividing the children’s time into discrete blocks…
Vacancies available at DCSF. Ostrich impersonators preferred.
*Remember it as “Dysfunctional Cerebero Spinal Fluid”, if you’re medically trained. It may also explain their policies…
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