The government is set to abandon one of its most significant education policies in primary schools in England. From 2011 schools will no longer have to implement national strategies in literacy and numeracy.
As an aside – do they mean ‘strategies’ or ‘frameworks’ or are these interchangeable?
And there is this wonderful sentence at the bottom of the report:
And ministers have agreed to the findings of a group of educationists and head teachers who said formal Sats tests for 10 and 11-year-olds might eventually be replaced by teacher assessments of their pupils.
For some this will be a breath of fresh air and a chance to localise their teaching to suit their setting, for others, alongside the Rose Review, this could come as a massive ‘pulling away of the carpet’.
‘Another change’, I can hear the teachers crying … but this one should free things up and allow primary teachers to focus on the learning that is relevant to their children and should allow them once again to be professionals making professional decisions.
Publishers who have developed support materials tied to the frameworks will now have the chance to rethink and to think more creatively about the materials that could be used to support teaching and learning in these areas.
Of course, there is the minor problem that before the implementation of this change in policy there will be a general election. I wait expectantly to see what the other major political parties will have to say in this ‘ping-pong’ game of education.