Longer school days could help improve the poor performance of white working class children, the Government has admitted. In its response to an inquiry, the Department for Education said that the extra time could be used to introduce “character-building activities” aimed at boosting pupils’ confidence.If you can’t educate them in the time you’ve got available, what makes you think more time would help?
And the last thing the kids lack is confidence, it’s mostly misplaced confidence, based on nothing concrete, because they are continually praised for the slightest thing.
“The Government believes there is a clear moral imperative to tackle head-on the unacceptable link between the circumstances of a child’s birth and their future education outcomes,” said the DfE.You’d expect the teaching unions, which love to have special groups getting special attention to mitigate against perceived injustice, would love this, right?
Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: “We welcome the focus on underachieving children but would like to see it applied to all underachieving children, whatever their ethnic or socioeconomic background.”Really? Are you sure?