Why Upstart is a non-starter
https://www.thelearningzoo.co.uk/educat ... onstarter/
Upstart Scotland is actively campaigning to introduce a Nordic-style kindergarten system between the ages of three and seven, with learning being undertaken through ‘creative play’ rather than ‘formal’ learning. As a campaign that sits outwith Scottish education, I was shocked to see very full and positive coverage in the current issue of Teaching Scotland magazine. You can read the ‘In Depth’ feature here: Serious side of having fun (from page 20)
I firmly believe that, although the campaign clearly has good intentions, its preoccupation with copying countries like Finland is dangerously misguided. Upstart’s proposal would actually do more to grow the attainment gap, rather than close it – and that ultimately, it would have serious consequences, damaging the life chances of our most disadvantaged children.
Anne Glennie is a passionate campaigner for instigating and ensuring research-informed reading instruction for children - thus teachers in Scotland need training in this field. Sir Jim Rose and other IFERI members fully supported Anne Glennie in her petition for research-informed teacher-training in Scotland - a scenario which at the time I am writing this post has yet to be fully played out in Scotland's parliamentary process, see here: