Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Week in Primary

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Week in Primary

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Teachers have raised concerns about the future of small primary schools in the light of the government's plans to turn all schools into academies. Small rural schools are facing a squeeze on funding and are struggling to meet the cost of covering long-term staff illness, the ATL teaching union's annual conference in Liverpool heard. Trevor Cope, an ATL branch secretary from Devon, said that the union should investigate what he described as a "rural crisis". He said that school closures had caused "untold damage" to communities, leaving villages with "no heart".

An infant's choice of whether to write with their left or right hand may be linked to their risk of developing language problems, an academic has said. Gillian Forrester, senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Westminster, is investigating whether there are links between a child's choice of "handedness", around the age of four, and their language development. …

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