A child's primary education lays the foundation for all that is to come.
The Trust focuses on primary education. During the early years, the development of imagination and intellectual curiosity begins. Pupils learn to assimilate information, to work with others, to listen and to build confidence. If these skills are well learned, a child is more likely to succeed at the secondary level and will have many more opportunities in life.
The Institute of Education study found that the quality of teaching children receive is more important than their gender or family income.
of adults in the UK have literacy skills below the level expected of an 11 year old.
Research confirms the importance of early experiences and the powerful combination of home, pre-school and primary school in improving children's learning.
Prof Pam Sammons, University of Nottingham
Nicky Morgan, out going Education Secretary talks about the the importance of Primary Education:
"Of course we know that too much goes wrong before young people have even set foot in secondary school.
If children haven’t mastered the basics in primary school, the rest of their time in school is a game of catch-up. Maths and English are the non-negotiables for a successful life, and children who don’t master them at primary school are much - much - less likely to succeed when they move to secondary school. Only 7% of them go on to get 5 good GCSEs.
Of course we should be proud of the work that teachers and schools have done in the past 5 years to tackle the scandal of young people leaving school unable to read, write and add up properly.
But that hasn’t happened everywhere. Once again we’ve seen areas of the country lagging behind and some young people starting secondary school without these fundamentals.
So we’re also delivering on our commitment to introduce new year 7 resit tests, to make sure children who’ve fallen behind in primary school are supported to catch-up at the start of secondary. We don’t want those young people to be written off. And we want to recognise and reward schools who get young people back on track.
But catch-up in year 7 is still catch-up. So I want to make sure that primary schools and their headteachers are being held to account in the right way."
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