Posted by Peter on 6th November 2007

Maths news: Too much maths?

A Manchester University study has shown that 51% of teaching in Primary Schools is now devoted to Maths and English. They say that the reason for this is the pressure to succeed in tests at 11.
Dr Bill Doyle of Manchester’s School of Education says that this situation is scandalous.
How alarming is it that more that half of children’s time in school is devoted to just two subjects: what of Science, History, geography PE etc?
Of course, in the past some schools came up with fantastic topics which covered a number of subjects, but these carefully planned lessons were the exception. Is it time to go back to well designed topic work which includes Maths and  English skills?
Read more on the BBC site.

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