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Teacher talk: Children’s years at school and school plays

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As teachers, do we make children’s years at primary school valuable enough?

What are we doing for children during their time in primary school? Helping them to progress is the usual answer. But, progress to what? To secondary school? To GCSEs? To A-levels and then to university? Of course, all of these, yet, there is more that we would do well to understand. It has little to do with preparations for their future and nothing at all to do with the relentless grind of measuring and recording progress that is so ingrained in our everyday work.

At the end of every school day we should ask ourselves was today… rich, challenging and fulfilling enough to be a never repeated part of life?

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