This book deals with the key professional issues faced by students on teacher training courses and practicing primary teachers.

Primary Education in England

Primary education in England

The following topics and issues are covered in this chapter:

  • how we have got to where we are in current primary school practice;
  • the emergence of distinctive primary practice;
  • the increase in central control of education;
  • the tension between progressive and traditional approaches;
  • good primary practice and effective primary teaching;
  • the diversity of primary schools, including alternative schools;
  • the current primary school curriculum, including the National Curriculum, the Foundation Stage guidance, the National Literacy Strategy (NLS) and the National Numeracy Strategy (NNS);
  • primary practice related to grouping by ability;
  • national tests and their influence on the primary curriculum;
  • the current promotion of excellence and enjoyment; and
  • the importance of teachers focusing on the individual.

This chapter provides a brief overview of primary schooling in this country, setting the context for ...

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