Friday, 16 October 2009

Primary Review - Final Report

Today sees the publication of the final report of the Cambridge Primary Review, which has been widely described as "the largest review of primary education for more than 40 years." For the last 3 years, a team of researchers based at Cambridge University with funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has conducted a thorough investigation into all aspects of teaching, school management and the curriculum.

Not surprisingly, the report has received wide media attention, with most outlets choosing to focus on the recommendation that children should not start formal learning until they are six. Other key points are listed in this Guardian article. The Primary Review itself has provided a more detailed list of press reaction, which can be accessed from here, while it's also worth having a look at these editorial and analysis pieces in today's TES.

The title of the final report is Children, Their World, Their Education - it is not freely available online, although you can read a briefing which summarises the report's main findings, and a more detailed booklet is currently being sent out to all schools, councils, and teacher training providers. Copies of the final report will shortly be available in the library stock.

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