Too Much Too Young?

A debate on academic pressure in primary schools English children are some of the most highly educated, but also the unhappiest, in the world. Is there too much academic pressure, too soon? In this timely debate, Jonathan Dimbleby and a distinguished panel examine some of the big questions around Early Years and primary education.
How early should formal education begin and can we learn from those countries who start much later than we do? What is the role of play and creativity when set against the drive for standards. Are policies like SureStart making a difference? Is there too much pressure on children too early?
Now a new inquiry – led by former ‘Wise Man’ Robin Alexander – offers hope of a new consensus. Can we stop the policy pendulum, and achieve a proper balance between national demands and the learning needs of young minds?

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