Stop pressure

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I WAS given an informative leaflet from the National Union of Teachers entitled Stand Up For Education in Wales which made five important points regarding more funding, ending banding, etc. There was also a request to stop testing the very youngest pupils which, as a parent of a five year old, I wholeheartedly agree with. By all means, assess children’s work, but don’t put children off reading, writing and maths by making them sit formal tests. Indeed, very young children are being put under too much pressure. Education should be child centred, fun and not formalised by central government or the Welsh Assembly Government. Point 5: a good local school for every community: perhaps Torfaen Council’s superschool proposal which actually closes local community schools against teachers’ and children’s wishes could be rethought? Although, given the council’s grasp of democracy, I doubt this will happen unless we put pressure on them!

Terry Banfield, Cardigan Crescent, Cwmbran

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7:35pm Fri 18 Jul 14

true socialist says...

re footfall Newport centre the reason why there is a increase in the number of people in Newport is the number of immigrants on our streets not has bob bright has said it is a sign of increasing confidence in our traditional shopping centre I suggest when bob bright goes down to the high street he goes into spec savers to have his eyes tested because the people of Newport live in the real world and can see for themselves what as happened to our beloved city.
re footfall Newport centre the reason why there is a increase in the number of people in Newport is the number of immigrants on our streets not has bob bright has said it is a sign of increasing confidence in our traditional shopping centre I suggest when bob bright goes down to the high street he goes into spec savers to have his eyes tested because the people of Newport live in the real world and can see for themselves what as happened to our beloved city. true socialist
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2:16pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Brokenmyarm says...

What evidence does Mr. Banfield have that children are put off reading, writing and maths by sitting formal tests. He also tells us that education should be child centred, fun and not formalised so perhaps he could then explain how all schools will be teaching common themes, how all children will receive the same education etc..

I would be interested to know how long Mr. Banfield has worked in education and his experience I do work in education. This is just another anti establishment letter which those of us who have had the misfortune to read his letters over the years come to expect. If schools didn't test children at 5 years of age you can bet he would be saying they should and that our children are losing out!!!!!
What evidence does Mr. Banfield have that children are put off reading, writing and maths by sitting formal tests. He also tells us that education should be child centred, fun and not formalised so perhaps he could then explain how all schools will be teaching common themes, how all children will receive the same education etc.. I would be interested to know how long Mr. Banfield has worked in education and his experience I do work in education. This is just another anti establishment letter which those of us who have had the misfortune to read his letters over the years come to expect. If schools didn't test children at 5 years of age you can bet he would be saying they should and that our children are losing out!!!!! Brokenmyarm
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10:52am Sun 20 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

How an earth can you evaluate a child's progress without some testing and evaluation?

It is just stupidity to say they should not band as for his child centred fun that is so daft it is unbelievable
How an earth can you evaluate a child's progress without some testing and evaluation? It is just stupidity to say they should not band as for his child centred fun that is so daft it is unbelievable Bobevans
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10:54am Sun 20 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

I guess in the Olympics we should not award medals based on performance but by who had the most fun
I guess in the Olympics we should not award medals based on performance but by who had the most fun Bobevans
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3:55pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Japan1 says...

Superschools are one of the few things that Torfaen has got right, Schools should be much bigger than they are with much better facilities available to more children at effectively lower cost. Our Education system which was designed for a 19th century agrarian economy (6 weeks for harvesting in the summer) and needs a complete overhaul not just the constant tinkering we currently see. A new education system should be built to reflect the way we now live not hark back to some halcyon days that probably never existed anyway.
Superschools are one of the few things that Torfaen has got right, Schools should be much bigger than they are with much better facilities available to more children at effectively lower cost. Our Education system which was designed for a 19th century agrarian economy (6 weeks for harvesting in the summer) and needs a complete overhaul not just the constant tinkering we currently see. A new education system should be built to reflect the way we now live not hark back to some halcyon days that probably never existed anyway. Japan1
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