Earning your living as a primary teacher is not the easiest way to beg a crust, but when you are a teacher who loves history, your woes are compounded ten times over. I am sure readers of this magazine are convinced of the important role history plays in developing the growing minds of young children, and would shudder to think of its elimination from the primary curriculum. And yet that is precisely what is happening in many of the schools in my region, and mostly, I am ashamed to say, without a whimper of protest from the teachers concerned.
My own school, though, Stephenson Way Primary in Newton Aycliffe, is not taking this latest ‘improvement’ to the curriculum lying down. Despite economic problems, Newton Aycliffe in general, and Stephenson Way school in particular, are happy, industrious places with a strong community spirit.
This article is available to History Today online subscribers only. If you are a subscriber, please log in.
Please choose one of these options to access this article:
- Purchase an online subscription
- Purchase a print and online subscription
- If you are already a print subscriber, purchase the online archive upgrade
Call our Subscriptions department on +44 (0)20 3219 7813 for more information.
If you are logged in but still cannot access the article, please contact us
- Middle East
- North America
- South America
- Central America
- Early Modern
- 20th Century
- Economic History
- Environmental History
- Food & Drink
- Historical Memory
- Science & Technology