The 150,000-strong Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has ...
The 150,000-strong Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has
welcomed the government s decision to relax the requirements of the national curriculum in primary schools in order to free up more time to teach literacy and numeracy.
General secretary Peter Smith said: 'Ministers are absolutely right to place the greatest emphasis on literacy and numeracy and right to dismantle a curriculum which dotted every i and crossed every t. But that decision alone will not guarantee that children will hit the
literacy and numeracy targets which the government has set.
'An even more urgent drive to solve the teacher recruitment crisis and to reduce class sizes, backed up with more resources, will be equally important. Although the government promised to reduce class sizes, they haven t been reduced yet. Being taught in smaller classes would have a lasting impact on the children who are most in need of more help with the basics.'