Top universities send teachers to primary schools to ‘raise aspirations of pupils’

The Telegraph is reporting that top universities are sending teachers to primary schools to educate children properly.

State school pupils as young as seven are being offered extra lessons to fill in the gaps in their knowledge before it is too late.

Classes on the Vikings, classics, philosophy, brain science and speaking and listening skills are aimed at giving children from deprived backgrounds a chance to get into university.

Sir David Greenaway, chair of the Russell Group and vice-chancellor of Nottingham university, said the classes are necessary to “raise aspirations” at state schools.

His university sends staff to areas of Nottingham with a high concentration of white working class, Afro-Caribbean and Asian children to teach them skills which their private school counterparts possess.

Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Sir David, who grew up in a white working class family, said: “You would like every single school to be doing this, but the reality is that at the end of the day resources have been sucked out of school for careers advice.”

 

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What do you think? A noble offer of help or unnecessary interference? Should more universities be undertaking projects like this? Or is it insulting to primary schools and their teachers? Let us know your thoughts ~ Jon

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Comments

  1. alisonwhitepoet

    SchoolsImprove phew, it’s not like I have degree, teaching post grad and masters degree &25 yrs expertise#itsawonderanyonehascopeduptopress

  2. UniEducator

    SchoolsImprove HEIs plymIOE and FECs CornwallCollege have been working in partnership with primaries (and secs) for decades to raise asps

  3. UniEducator

    SchoolsImprove HEIs plymIOE and FECs CornwallCollege have been working in partnership with primaries (and secs) for decades to raise asps

  4. The implication is that nowadays outsiders (in this case, university lecturers) have to be parachuted into schools to ‘educate children properly’.
    Makes you wonder how state pupils managed to get university places before this outside help was offered.

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