1. Primary education is very different in 2012 from that experienced by many secondary school teachers. These extracts from a BBC documentary "Rhod Gilbert's work experience" feature the children and teachers of Monnow primary school near Newport in South Wales. At first glance it would appear fairly normal but a closer look shows that pedagogy now (2012) is very different from that of the 1960 - 90s. It is clear that the students starting secondary school in year 7 have experienced independence, creativity, thinking and inquiry. The secondary school must aim to build on these experiences to develop the students to their full potential, fit to work in the 2020s and beyond. The Monnow school website says that,

    "Children at Monnow Primary School are provided with a dynamic creative curriculum in a resource-rich learning environment. They are active participants in planning their own learning, following individual lines of inquiry, in addition to acquiring skills and strategies for success in the 21st century. Our learning environment ensures children across all year groups can access a wide range of enhanced provision and independent learning zones. Through Continuous Independent Thinking challenges, children plan what to do, share ideas, discuss how to solve problems and persist when things are difficult or unclear."

    I am sure that as secondary teachers we can all aspire to this for our students.

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