Letters: Ofsted, note – learning is more than memorization | Education

Offset temptation to remember as the key to children’s learning and as a measure of the effectiveness of the school curriculum is wrong (“Offset quizzes are unfair to schools, say leaders,” News). Learning is more than a memory, and the memory of all is fragile. If they had tested themselves, how many observers would have remembered what was said a year or two ago in the previous test? If inspectors don’t remember, then why expect learners, especially young children? The principal should think about the wisdom in the old proverb that teaching is something that remains after you forget what you learned in school.
Professor Colin Richards
Spark Bridge, Cambria

The report by Ofsted CEO Amanda Spielman on the serious delays in the development of young children as a result of the closure cycles is not surprising given the supply and inspirational policies of the Labor government to establish Sure Start centers in 1999. Since 2010, Tory governments have cut funding by two-thirds. With the closure of Kovid, more than 500 centers were closed.

This is a classic example of how national policies come and go again and again. The head of Ofsted and the government have the opportunity to request and fund the rehabilitation of preschools for vulnerable children. The skills, experience and established centers of their staff are a national resource that has been able to adapt to the misunderstandings of the national siege and alleviate some of the sad images that Spielman reveals.
Simon Clements

As an experienced school inspector, I am fully aware that the humanities and creative disciplines are seriously neglected by a number of conservation and independent schools in the run-up to the 6 SAT exams, preparation for grades 11+ in gymnasium areas and admissions. to independent leading schools. All such measures represent an overload with all the drawbacks. Gradgrind, you’re still dead.

In the case of 11- and 12-year-olds who are unable to clearly articulate the “principles of the rule of law,” perhaps our eminent prime minister and his rector will take the same test. How confident are your readers that they will score?
Compton, Winchester

We need natural healers of all ages

Thorsten Bell uses U.S. data to claim that when doctors retire, the use of other emergency services will increase (“Why can boomers be healthier if their doctors retire early”, Commentary). This in itself will be a proof of the strengthening of first aid in the UK. Bell then claims that new doctors are more likely to choose new diagnoses for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and concluded that doctors’ pensions could be a good job for patients, while noting that it also raises medical costs.

We believe that continuing GP care not only saves lives and money, but also prolongs life. The age of your doctor is not a problem here. This is their absolute absence. The UK is facing a GP crisis that was long overdue before the pandemic. We need to keep our medical doctors at all stages of their careers, but especially those with many years of experience, they are also better able to support and guide younger doctors and the growing number of medical professionals who are recruited. support a failed system in the UK.
Dr. Lizzie Tobertyhead of GP, British Medical Association; Dr. Ellen WelchGP, Cambria; Dr. Simon HodesGP, Watford; Dr. Shan HussainGP, Nottingham; Dr. Lizzie CrotonGP, Birmingham; Dr. Nina Ja, GP, Hertfordshire; Dr. Louise Hyde, GP, Wales; Dr. Rosie ShirGP, Warrington; Dr. Kartik ModhaGP, London; Dr. Ayan PanjaGP, Hertfordshire

Athletes by force

If Kenan Malik is right and this muscle strength and mass for transgender athletes makes it difficult to change categories from male to female or vice versa, then the categories may be wrong (“From Pool to Path: The debate about transgender athletes shouldn’t be this way.” , which are located on the athlete’s body) are all harmful ”, Comment). Why not base them on muscle strength and mass, just name categories 1, 2, and 3, depending on whether the athlete’s personal readings place them on the scale of combining both of these factors. Every sport needs to be reorganized, but why do we have to group people into men or women always makes me wonder.

I know it keeps things simple, but sometimes things need to be changed and putting people in the right boxes doesn’t work for everyone.
Ian Hogg
North Lay, Whitney, Oxfordshire

Long Covid: Does recovery work?

Ravi Jacques is right to point out the lack of treatment for Covid’s long-term syndromes, especially for those who are visibly tired and the lack of research in this regard (“I have Covid for a long time and I am disappointed that the government ignores its misery”, Comment) . She may be right about the association with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). But when he rejects rehabilitation treatments, such as exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which has been shown to be associated with fatigue related to many diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and CFS, we disagree. It would be really amazing if Chronic Kovid was the only disease that recovery could not benefit. Their help does not mean that the disease is mental.

As leaders of the Pace trial, he notes, we also feel that he has tested Pace on these therapies for chronic fatigue syndrome, which showed that CBT and GET were moderately effective and safe treatments, provided that by specialists should be properly negotiated and transferred. therapists. Yes, Nice recently advised that GET should not be offered and CBT should only be used to reduce anxiety, but four royal medical colleges did not approve of this advice because they thought Nice was wrong when considering the evidence.

CBT and GET may help some patients with chronic Kovid, but if we fund research to test them, we will never know for sure.
Professor Peter Whitean honorary professor of psychiatry at Queen Mary University of London; Professor Trudy Chalderprofessor of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, King’s College London; Professor Michael Sharpprofessor of psychological medicine at Oxford University

Birthday dreams

Anna Bakhatelya’s 100th birthday wish reminded me of an old story about Hitler and the desire to know his future (“What do I wish for my 100th birthday? Putin dies”, News). He had heard about a rabbi who was able to predict future events. Hitler summoned the rabbi to Berlin and asked if he could predict when he, Hitler, would die.

He replied that he could only predict that it would happen on an important Jewish holiday. Hitler asked what holiday and rabbi replied: “Führer, when you die, it will be an important Jewish holiday.”
Ronald Oliver
Eli, Fife

Make my field a plow woman

In the case of rumors about changing the name of the plow’s lunch to the plow’s lunch (“Do I have a word about … cheese and cucumber barn”, Comment), why did the plower’s lunch have to be similar to the first, but with the addition? don’t offer from eggs? As the crocodile monsoon becomes the crocodile lady, the cooked egg on top resembles a hood.
Margaret Riley
Blackrod, Lancashire

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