Sometimes as I watch the moves of the Conservatives I think about their choreography. On the same day as the junior doctors are due to be balloted about industrial action, the MP for Lewes comes up with the idea of asking Jeremy Hunt to include end of life care in his package for NHS reform.
The idea might be a vote winner in theory, but she seems to have forgotten the NHS needs to save money.
Then there is the idea for reintroducing testing for seven year olds. Now I don’t know about you, but as a mother and a former secondary school teacher, when I was choosing a primary school for my children, I looked for one which was close and which did not set them any homework apart from the odd bit of reading, a gradual drip feed of times table practising and the occasional project where they could choose how much or how little they wanted to do.
Childhood does not last long and I wanted to spend it having fun with them rather than drilling them. Countries which start their children’s education at the age of seven do so very successfully.
Putting pressure on children too early can result in them losing a love of learning, especially the boys who often develop at a slower pace than girls in their early years.
My children, fortunately, were at school before such tests existed. It was quite enough calming my daughter’s fears about the possibility of failing cycling proficiency!
The one thing I think it is important to do when you go in to open days, is to look at your children’s work to see if you can see why your children are making mistakes in maths.
In English, note if there are certain words they find difficult to spell and help them with these. But please let us not have tests again.
Quite apart from anything else, the money for this will need to be taken from the general education budget. Can you believe the head who cancelled the end of term Christmas plays because he wanted to drive up standards?
Doesn’t he know that an important part of education is learning to work and interact with others?
Christmas is a time for celebration, not for punishment. Sad, sad, sad!
Cooden Drive, Bexhill
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