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Radical Reforms Proposed to Infant Teaching

Magazine article Public Finance

Radical Reforms Proposed to Infant Teaching

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School teaching should be radically overhauled and given a new emphasis on the needs of the youngest children if the recent plateau in pupil progress is to be addressed, a centre-Left think-tank has said.

The influential Institute for Public Policy Research proposed measures intended to inject some stimulus into the school curriculum and enhance pupils' wellbeing. These include a refocused curriculum for five- to seven-year-olds, which would be structured around flexible themes rather than rigid subjects.

Teachers wanting to teach infant pupils should study for a new Kindergarten Postgraduate Certificate in Education, while there should be better training for teaching assistants on play-based approaches to learning.

Thursday's child, a report the IPPR intends to publish in June, also suggests that the school curriculum should be reformed to put greater emphasis on the development of broader social skills, such as team working, communication and selfmanagement, alongside the core skills of literacy and numeracy. …

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