From 5 to 11 years of age children attend Primary School.
If they attend a school maintained by the local council their education will follow the National Curriculum to prepare them for secondary school.
I first went into a primary school in Kingston a few years ago to help as a volunteer in an enterprise workshop event. Teachers and volunteers delivered a trading game in which teams of excited 10-year old pupils xbought raw goods, made a simple product, negotiated hard and sold to ‘purchasers’. Free market skills that will stand them in good stead!
At the time I was working as a CTO in a City money broking firm and I was amazed at the natural aptitude of the pupils for trade and commerce. One bright spark team even started selling labour and rpart completed products to a other teams. I wonder where they are now, but I’m sure they’ll all remember their trading day at school.
Since that first ‘eye-opening’ experience I have delivered numerous primary school workshops in a mixture of themes: enterprise, science, technology, robotics and fun maths.
The power of the ‘external intervention’ is so powerful in primary education. Time and again teachers and assistants say that pupils who have been disengaged in normal lessons, ‘light up’ and actively participate in these events.
Pupils are challenged to apply their primary education knowledge, attitudes and skills to participate in these fun workshops. This combined with the shock of people from business coming in to deliver it has a long term positive outcome on them, considering the number of annual repeat bookings I get.
There is great attention placed on English and Maths, and all children in England sit SATS tests in Year 2 (6-7 years-old) and in Year 6 (10-11 years-old).
These are externally marked. In addition schools are inspected and rated by OFSTED.