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Iceni Magazine | February 13, 2020

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Anonymous Teacher Reacts To: A third of children are behind at 5?

Anonymous Teacher Reacts To: A third of children are behind at 5?

Oh my goodness!

Why are we comparing children at such a young age? I’ve always been against this. At the end of the reception year, you can still have several children who are not yet five and you are comparing them to children who turned five maybe just a week or two into their first year at school. How is that fair? All children learn in their own time and in their own ways.

Another point made in the article was that boys lag behind girls. This is not news. For years, this has been the case and many pedagogical experts believe that it is down to boys not maturing as quickly as girls.

Please could we stop categorising children at such a young age? It doesn’t help anyone at all. Good teachers should look at each child individually and see where their academic (and other!) gaps are, planning opportunities to plug these.

Children are not numbers; they are children!

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