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  • "Biggest predictor of how well a child does at primary school is home background. It's statistically far more important than anything else. In thew old days it was as simple as mother's edcutaional level - why? Then it was the mother was at home with the child and helped the child to read, think study, talk, discuss... etc.

    It's still true. The best predictor of whether a child will go to University is did the parents go? Why? The home is for education ; school is for jumping through qualification hoops.

    Politicians ignore this academic fact as it means if a child is doing poorly at school in the vast majority of cases it is due to home background - and parents vote.

    Dont blame the school - blame the parents. Do they read? Watch intelligent films? have they taken their children on excursions to art galleries and museums? Do they intelligently discuss issues of the day? Is TV a background noise or something purposefully watched? Do children have tv in their bedrooms so stay up all night and be tired at school?

    You get the idea..."
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Primary school pupils fall two years behind

Iain Birtwell is the school's new executive headteacher

Iain Birtwell is the school's new executive headteacher

First published in News

Troubleshooters have been sent into a Colchester school after inspectors found pupils were two years behind in their maths, reading and writing.

Cherry Tree Primary School, in Holt Drive, Colchester, was criticised and put in special measures by Ofsted in a report published this week.

The school’s headteacher, Edward Constantine, has been replaced by a new troubleshooting leadership team, which will aim to boost standards.

Executive headteacher Iain Birtwell and acting headteacher Maddie Cowley first took charge at the school three weeks ago, following the inspection at the end of March.

Full story in today's Gazette


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