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Creating a manifesto for primary and early years education

Ikids in playground LIn the run up to the general election, there will be a big debate around education and what it should look like in this country.

The National Union of Teachers’ has launched a fantastic manifesto for education that can be downloaded here.
We would like to follow this example with a manifesto that looks in detail at the changes we would like to see made to early years and primary education.

We are therefor inviting as many people as possible to attend our “creating a manifesto for early years and primary education” meeting on Saturday 8th November, 11am – 2pm at SOAS, central London (room number tbc). Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the NUT will be attending this meeting to talk about how the NUT created their manifesto.

At this event, we will also discuss how we can move towards a boycott of “baseline” tests for four year olds.

Please email primarycharter@yahoo.co.uk if you want to attend.

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Week of activity to campaign for LEA funded nursery places.

We have received this request for support from the Campaign for Real Nursery Education. Please download information about their campaign week here. 

DEAR FRIENDS,
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE INFORMING YOU OF THE NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION ORGANISED BY THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR REAL NURSERY EDUCATION, EARLY EDUCATION AND TACTYC IN DEFENSE OF THE DECREASING NUMBER OF LOCAL AUTHORITY MAINTAINED NURSERY SCHOOLS.
PLEASE VISIT YOUR LOCAL NURSERY SCHOOLS, ORGANISE VISITS IF YOU ARE A NURSERY SCHOOL AND INVITE THE PRESS!
SPREAD THE MESSAGE : WE ARE TOO GOOD TO LOSE!
MANY THANKS,
SYLVIE, CHAIR, CAMPAIGN FOR REAL NURSERY EDUCATION

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Help us create a manifesto for early years and primary education

Dear Supporter,

In the run up to the general election, there will be a big debate around education and what it should look like in this country.

The National Union of Teachers’ has launched a fantastic manifesto for education that can be downloaded here.

We would like to follow this example with a manifesto that looks in detail at the changes we would like to see made to early years and primary education.

We are therefore inviting as many people as possible to attend our “creating a manifesto for early years and primary education” meeting on Saturday 8th November, venue tbc.

At this event, we will also discuss how we can move towards a boycott of “baseline” tests for four year olds.

More details, including speakers will be sent out shortly but please put this date aside in your diary!

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Parliamentary seminar on Early Years a huge success.

Over 90 people attended the Charter for Primary Education and Working Towards a National Campaign for Education parliamentary seminar on the Early Years on the 10th June. The seminar was packed full of teachers, Early Years Advisors, Early Years Professionals and others with an interest in Early Education.

The message from the seminar was clear. Current government policies are undermining children’s early educational experiences, forcing the youngest children in to overly formalised education at an age where they are simply not developmentally ready to cope with it.

The highlight of the seminar for many, was the talk from Neuropsychologist Sally Blythe who gave an excellent presentation in to dangers of focussing on the “academic” aspects of learning at the cost of focusing on children’s physical development. She talked about the necessary physical development that must take place before children are ready to sit still or to listen and concentrate for prolonged periods, to hold a pencil or count using their fingers. The PowerPoint presentation that Sally used is available to download here.

The Charter for Primary Education plans to call an open activists meeting early in Autumn term to discuss our next steps. Watch this space.