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!
National Children’s Day is Sunday May 17th 2015 and this year the theme will be play. The organisers are looking for “play champions”. See the link below for how to nominate your school or nursery…
To book places please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07564324721
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.