When things aren’t how we’d like them to be, we blame others. That’s life. Infant teachers do it to nurseries, Junior teachers do it to Infant teachers and Secondary teachers do it to Juniors. I imagine university professors just sit there and mutter expletives about the lot of us. And it’s fair play.
It’s not unreasonable for secondary teachers to expect that children leave primary school being functionally literate. Many primary schools manage to achieve that for all their pupils, in extremely deprived areas against huge odds.
But not all schools are good schools. And until that point, we all have to simply teach the children we have in front of us. I have to teach the children Year 5 gave me. Secondary teachers will have to teach the children I give them. They’re imperfect because my school is imperfect. But we have to teach them anyway – at their…
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