Campaign launches to help shape a vision of primary education

Parents, children and politicians agree that primary education should be based on a much more ambitious agenda than the current emphasis on literacy and numeracy, according to National Primary Heads.

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Our Children Their Future aims to open up a debate and to establish a platform to give voice to, and celebrate, popular understandings and aspirations about primary education; what it is and what it should and could be.

Bath, Somerset (PRWEB UK) 9 June 2014

Primary school head teachers in the UK say that a well-educated 11 year old in the 21st Century is one who is confident, happy and able to flourish in uncertain times.

In the first of six questions to be posed as a part of the ‘Our Children Their Future’ campaign, teachers, parents and children have been sharing what a well educated 11 year old should be like in the 21st century.

School children believe having the right attitude to school, play, friends and the wider world lies at the heart of their success.

Politicians are also getting behind the campaign. Former education secretary Baroness Estelle Morris said she hoped well educated 11 year olds would be creative and confident.

“I’m pretty sure the well educated 11 year old at the start of the 21st century will be very different than the well educated 11 year old at the end of the century. I’d want them to have a set of skills that enables them to face the future - to be creative, innovative, confident and have strong social skills and be able to adapt as best they can. I also want them to be decent human beings.”

The campaign has been launched by National Primary Heads, an organisation made up of UK primary school head teachers.

NPH says that the current direction of travel in education is flawed and not likely to result in professionals being enabled to provide the very best for our children. This, it says, is a common view shared by other stakeholders in education including parents, children, industry, business, communities as well as professionals working in education.

Our Children Their Future aims to open up a debate and to establish a platform to give voice to, and celebrate, popular understandings and aspirations about primary education; what it is and what it should and could be.

The campaign website poses six key questions that aim to get to the heart of the moral and practical issues that should be shaping our children’s educational opportunities, rather the political gamesmanship that more typically does so, says the NPH.

Paul Walker, chairman of the NPH said, “This is an exciting venture for NPH. We believe that the best way to improve the Primary experience is by trusting those who know about it best to take if forward in the future. We are very keen to hear from those involved in primary education.

"Headteachers, teachers and those employed by school are important, but we also want to hear from, and would welcome views form anyone else with an interest in Primary education; local community groups, business, extended families, friends to name a few. By creating this collective view we can become advocates for our children and help to shape their future."


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