Andrew Allison

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Conservatives and Education

In Conservatives, education on November 18, 2007 at 5:23 pm

The Conservative Party has announced that it intends to scrap Key Stage 1 and instead introduce a simple reading test. They also want to ensure that all pupils can read at the end of Year 1.

Unfortunately, I have to disagree with my party over this. Children should be encouraged to read from an early age; this is without doubt, but setting yet more targets and pushing reading down the throats of young children who are not yet ready for it will be counter productive. I believe we start formal education too early in Britain. Children prior to the age of seven – in my opinion – should be taught to read and learn basic arithmetic in an informal, fun setting, as well as in the home. If you want children to learn you have to make sure they enjoy it first and that they do not feel they are failures.

I hope this policy announcement will be open for discussion and then dismissed.

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Education lottery

In education, labour on January 11, 2007 at 7:28 pm

Bel has written about Labour’s proposed changes. Read it here.

This is another example of how New Labour, revert very much to just plain old Labour, the longer they are in power.

Ruth Kelly

In dyslexia, education, Ruth Kelly on January 8, 2007 at 3:43 pm

Elle Seymour has a very thoughtful piece on Ruth Kelly.

Dyslexia can completely destroy a child’s confidence. There are still teachers who don’t understand it and simply call a child thick or stupid. This happened to a friend and a friend’s son. It was only when it was detected and understanding teachers were brought in, that their self-confidence was raised.

Ruth Kelly has every right to get the best possible education for her child. I don’t dispute that. What I do want to know is why she has not and why she is not pushing this important educational provision in state schools through government. Every parent in her situation would love to send their child to this school. The problem is the £15000 you have to find. I hope this story has raised awareness of dyslexia and hopefully there will be more government money to help all children who suffer from it.