Just as it is, however, too simple to argue that larger class sizes would lead to a reduction of standards in schools, neither can we dismiss the fact that it is not merely the school which provides the sole route to learning. Work undertaken by the Institute of Education which indicated the achievement of children in primary school was the single most important factor affecting their GCSE performance should guide us to consider the fact that it is in secondary school that pupils should be at least part of the way towards learning to learn by themselves.
All head teachers are realists, and have learned to face and deal with changing circumstance with the sort of practical solutions which, in themselves, are a lesson to governments. Is it not time for politicians and policy makers to pay heed to how learning may best be supported rather than "administered" through, for example, information and communication technologies, in order to satisfy the wishes of teachers, pupils and parents alike in providing an imaginative solution to the provision of life-long learning?
The Education 2000 Trust
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