Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of accompanying my 5 year old to school. I spent the whole day with her and her friends, taking part in activities, playing outside and even eating lunch together. It was a real insight into her school life.
I’ve read a lot about schools and the Government’s plans for schools over the last few weeks. I’ve had my right to take my children on holiday in term time taken away from me, there’s been whispers of longer school days and shorter holidays. I won’t ramble on about the impact that would have on children ( if it’s even meant for children as young as mine ) but what I will say is, yesterday I saw a little girl who LOVES school, who loves to learn, who can READ, actually read, after not even a term and a half. I saw a school of cheerful, contented children, I saw teachers who genuinely care about their class. I saw a system that is working, a reading scheme that excites and engages, a school that’s like a big family.
At home I see two children who are happy, I see a very bright little boy whose teachers take the time to challenge on a daily basis. I see children who are being taught to care about their friends and respect their teachers. I also see that by 3.15 they are ready for a hug from Mummy and some down time.
I just hope that whoever is REALLY making decisions gets to see what I see, and takes care of these AMAZING teachers instead of alienating them, because I wouldn’t want anyone else looking after my children.