Stop School League Tables for Five Year Olds Early Day Motion. Petition Day Twelve.

Wow. It’s only twelve days since the international petition launch to Stop School League Tables for Five Year Olds and we already have a Parliamentary Early Day Motion, put together by Caroline Lucas M.P and her Parliamentary Research Team and supported by many, many petition signatories, parents, carers, teachers, researchers, lecturers, professors, writers and journalists. The Early Day Motion text varies only slightly from the petition text as you can see here: Early Day Motion to Stop School League Tables for Five Year Olds.

The second name on the Early Day Motion to Stop School League Tables for Five Year Olds is just as impressive as the first:  it is John McDonnell M.P. Thank you John. This is a very happy moment for me – although I can’t write fast enough!

Very pleased to see Netta Ford (N.U.T Birmingham and former President of this branch) having signed the petition too. She left a comment:

“Targets, testing and league tables have ruined our education system; they lower self-esteem and reduce learning to ticking boxes. They should be scrapped for all.”

So we need more signatories. Grass roots, rank and file – AND the big names. And more M.P’s signatories on the Early Day Motion to Stop School League Tables for Five Year Olds.

We have more than a few things helping us along here. For further reports try to beg, borrow or even buy (it’s expensive!) a copy of this weeks Times Educational Supplement. And keep an eye out for the issue in the national (and international?) news.

Once again here is that international petition link:

International Petition to Stop School League Tables for Five Year Olds

And the link for the Early Day Motion to Stop School League Tables for Five Year Olds.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. Oh, and Pat (and anyone else who might be reading this) – don’t wait for me – just run with this – if you feel able to – just go right ahead and lift sections from the very well-researched petition text – add bits of your own and approach your M.P. Good luck, am staying on the case and wish there were two of me!
    best
    Frances

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  2. Oh and after the tea – essential I.T maintenance break – print head needs replacing – defrag. – backups – sigh. The time goes quickly before I have to pick my own five year old up from school…

    Wish I had an I.T. officer of my own – will get on the Parliamentary case again as soon as poss. Thanks for your support
    Best
    Frances

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  3. Should have read ‘…asking supporters to personalise it with their own comments *if they have time* or use it verbatim if they don’t. Tsk.

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    • Posted by Frances Laing on January 18, 2011 at 11:56 am

      Thanks very much Pat. Yes, of course, planned to get on that particular case. But unashamedly having a late breakfast a wee break and a cup of tea right now – otherwise my brain will stop working. Best
      Frances

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      • Sorry, have an appalling habit of suggesting what someone else might do with their time – especially when I’m in the middle of writing an article (as I am now). Great diversionary tactic from my own work! Can imagine just how much your head must be boiling now. Keep on keeping on.

      • Posted by Frances Laing on January 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm

        No, probs Pat at all, good luck with the article, as you say, will keep on keeping on…news and messages on this coming in all the time so watch this space,
        best
        F.

  4. Frances – with apologies if this is an egg-sucking moment – it’s a good idea to suggest that supporters write directly to their MP, asking them to sign the EDM. The best way to do it is for you to write a short sample letter with all the key points, asking supporters to personalise it with their own comments or use it verbatim if they don’t, and then send it to their MP. Email is more efficient than the post. Individuals can find their MP’s email address at http://www.parliament.uk/about/contacting/mp/

    Lib Dems will be hating this proposal. They were incredibly strong on respectful and appropriate policies for young children when in opposition, and so are especially important to contact. Cabinet ministers are not allowed to sign EDMs, but any supporter whose MP is a minister for an MP might still usefully write to express concern at the proposal.

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