A short history of the Primary School – new series on Radio 4

 A new series has started on Radio 4 called: ‘A short history of the Primary School’ . Thought it would be useful to share this information with readers as it is often enlightening to look back in history and see what went before. To listen to today’s broadcast in the archive, click this link:

Here’s some blurb:

“Education journalist Mike Baker traces the controversial changes to the ways we have educated our youngest children over the past 150 years, from the rigidity of the Victorian age to the occasionally anarchic, experiential learning of the progressive 1970s.

Mike explores the strict, no-nonsense Victorian schoolroom and hears from former pupils about their experience of primary schools from the 1930s to the 1960s, including Baroness Shirley Williams, who recalls the poverty of her fellow pupils in her London elementary shool in the 1930s”

The series will be followed by a debate on the future of primary schools. The Radio 4 team say:

If you have a question for the expert panel, or a comment on how we should educate our under-11s, send us an email at:



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