Plowden Report

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  • 1967 The Plowden Report
    • Chaired by Lady Plowden
    • First review of primary education since 1931
      • Emphasised the need to see children as individuals
      • Attitude to school is an important factor in home life
      • Centrality of play in learning
        • Is this preparation for the real world?
      • Attempts to mould curriculum to fit in with needs of the community
    • Late 1960s
      • Primary education became a priority
      • 4 million children in primary school
      • Large amounts of students meant teachers had to judge who needed what
        • 'Swing against streaming' - wasn't fair that those who were going to pass/fail were not helped
    • The 1970 'Black Papers' blamed Plowden for undesirable trends in education
      • Cultural capital - advantages a person has giving them higher status in society
        • Education was once something for upper classes
          • Schools need to aim to change the working class view of school
            • So they value education more
      • Speech codes can be a barrier for educational achievement
        • Schools should look to help with this
    • Looked to get reduce/get rid of testing
      • Parents may think tests are a good way to track progress
      • Many like the 11+ exam
      • Focus less on just passing exams and more on how to live in the real world
    • TODAY
      • Signs that curriculum involves creativity and spontaneity
      • Not just about traditional testing (coursework/ presentations etc)
        • However, some form of testing always exists
          • Can this ever not be the case?


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