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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Primary Education At Six was once party policy - or is it still? 

We have been here before in the debate generated by the Cambridge Primary Review report which amongst other measures suggests ‘delaying the start of formal education until age six’.

Specifically the LibDems had an education paper to conference a few years ago and Federal Conference actually, I believe, voted in favour of a play-based primary learning strategy until age 6. I can’t find my printed copy of the briefing paper however, nor online resources.

Our current touted policy on extra resources to cut 5 to 7 class sizes to 15 does seem to have abandoned this policy.

I would find it helpful if we could re-visit those discussions as I was persuaded of the ‘start formal teaching at six’ strategy at the time of the last party debate.

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