By Sadie Robinson
Downloading PDF. Please wait... Issue 2358

Defending primary education

This article is over 10 years, 11 months old
Issue 2358

Around 100 teachers, parents and education campaigners came to the launch conference of a Charter for Primary Education last Saturday.

The charter aims to put forward a positive alternative for primary education and challenge Tory attacks to the curriculum.

Sue Palmer, a writer on child development, described how teachers are “supposed to solve all the problems of society”.

 Sara Tomlinson, a teacher from Lambeth, south London, added “I’m almost scared to turn on the radio in the morning. We’re always being told we’re doing things wrong. But we shouldn’t always be on the defensive.”

Green MEP Jean Lambert also spoke. Workshops looked at the importance of play, defending school history, and privatisation. The conference set up a steering committee to plan future events.

To get involved with the Charter for Primary Education email [email protected] or go to



Sign up for our daily email update ‘Breakfast in Red’

Latest News

Make a donation to Socialist Worker

Help fund the resistance