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This weeks news round up.

HEAD TEACHER BEMOANS NARROWING OF CURRICULUM

A head teacher has resigned from a West Sussex primary school, saying “factory farming” children was failing to prepare them for the future. Kit Messenger will leave Manor Field Primary in Burgess Hill at the end of the summer term, after 16 years. In a letter to governors, she cited the narrowing curriculum and government plans for all schools to be academies.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-36082771


HEAD TEACHER DARES SCHOOLS TO BE MORE CREATIVE 

One celebrated primary head makes a clarion call for schools to find the space ‘to be daring and create their own individuality’

It’s the summer term, and up and down the country dedicated teachers are organising countless trips to support their children’s learning.

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/teachers-must-protect-pupils-right-enjoy-outdoor-learning-drama


 

CAMBRIDGE RESEARCHER TALKS ABOUT LATER SCHOOL START-AGE

Earlier this month the “Too Much, Too Soon” campaign made headlines with a letter calling for a change to the start age for formal learning in schools. Here, one of the signatories, Cambridge researcher David Whitebread, from the Faculty of Education, explains why children may need more time to develop before their formal education begins in earnest.

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/school-starting-age-the-evidence


 

WHAT IS EARTH DAY – 22 April 2015

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

But what is Earth Day, we hear you cry?

Don’t worry, we have all your answers here, and we’ll tell you how you can get involved and do your bit to preserve this wonderful lump of rock we’re all flying around space on.

http://metro.co.uk/2016/04/22/earth-day-2016-what-is-it-and-how-can-you-celebrate-it-5825377/


 

AMERICANS CELEBRATE JOHN MUIRS BIRTHDAY 

Mountain Friend: John Muir’s Birthday

Celebrate the nature advocate by sharing some of his best ruminations.

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/blogs/worth-the-trip/Mountain-Friend-John-Muirs-Birthday-376589611.html

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