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 Primary National Strategy for PGCE (Secondary)

This page outlines some of the important messages of the Primary National Strategy designed for PGCE (Secondary) trainees.
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primary

High standards and a broad and rich curriculum go hand in hand.
The Primary National Strategy supports teachers and schools to raise standards across the whole curriculum.
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primary/about

The vision is for a sector where high standards are obtained through a rich, varied and exciting curriculum which develops children.

The Primary National Strategy (PNS) aims to revitalise primary education through engaging children in an exciting, enriched curriculum. The Primary Strategy takes the Literacy and Numeracy strategies under its umbrella and fosters further support to continue to raise standards in these areas. It extends the sort of support hitherto given to Literacy and Numeracy to other subjects: Modern Foreign Languages, PE and Music. The arts and creativity are stressed and teachers receive support in using ICT towards successful learning and teaching.
http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/teachingandlearning/primary/primarystrategy

The renewal of the Primary Framework for literacy and mathematics offers everyone involved in teaching children aged from 3 to 11 an opportunity to continue the progress made in raising standards by embedding the principles of both Every child matters: change for children (2004) and Excellence and enjoyment: learning and teaching in the primary years into practice.
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primaryframeworks

Excellence and enjoyment - a strategy for primary schools
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primary/publications/literacy/63553/pns_excell_enjoy037703v2.pdf

The National Curriculum, teacher assessments and key stage tests:
http://www.nc.uk.net/nc_resources/html/ks1and2.shtmlhttp://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/Schools/ExamsTestsAndTheCurriculum/DG_4015959

Support through ICT is exemplified:

Literacy http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/supportpack/subject.aspx?t=1&s=1

Mathematics http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/supportpack/subject.aspx?t=1&s=10

A gender issue is identified:
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/primary/publications/literacy/1128197/pns_nls_boys117005talk.pdf

National Association for Primary Education (NAPE) http://www.nape.org.uk

A recent development which has implications for secondary teaching is the SEAL approach to social, emotional and behavioural skills.
http://bandapilot.org.uk/primary

These links give you a brief introduction to the Frameworks underpinning primary education.

Updated May 27, 2007