Those of you in the primary sector may well be aware that there is now a growing crisis in primary education. There is a need for 500,000 extra primary places to be created by 2015 (90,000 of which will be needed in London by 2014). Gove's solution is free schools and academies instead of democratically accountable Local Authorities that can strategically plan school places in order to meet need.
There is also the "consultation" that the government is currently carrying out around the primary curriculum. The new curriculum will be didactic in the extreme, based on rote learning of spelling and facts and squeezing out all creativity or enjoyment. It is a curriculum that will teach working class children to 'know their place'. It removes from them the right to a broad and balanced curriculum, setting them up only for failure. And Gove has the cheek to say that we are 'soft bigots' with 'low expectations' for the children that we teach!
On 1st December, Lambeth NUT is hosting a conference on primary education to discuss how we can shape the future. Speakers include Steve Reed (leader of Lambeth Council), Sue Palmer (author of toxic childhood and 21st Century Boys) and Katie Mitchell (theatre director).
Please visit http://tinyurl.com/bsjf9rx
for more details and to book a free place.