In this post, the first of a two-part guest blog, Colin Richards shares some of his advice for new primary school teachers. The second part will be published next week.
The state first provided elementary education for children of primary-school age in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The state system complemented a rather chaotic and ad hoc collection of schools run by religious organisations. Now over 95 per cent of children aged 4 to 11 attend state primary schools and are taught by teachers in local authority (LA) schools, academies or free schools. LA schools have to work to, and academies and free schools have to ‘have regard to’, national requirements and guidelines, such as the National Curriculum and testing arrangements.
Since the nineteenth century, primary teaching has served a variety of purposes, although the relative importance of these has changed over time. Primary school teachers play a significant part in fulfilling these purposes. As such, you will need to form your own view of their relative importance and decide how best to fulfil them, or possibly subtly subvert aspects of them, in the best interests of your pupils.
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