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The Learning Curve
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Monday 11 June 2007
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Libby Purves presents this week's edition of the Learning Curve.
Teacher Training
The challenges facing those in charge of training enough teachers—and the right sort—are many. Joining Libby Purves are two people at the cutting edge of this problem: Graham Holley of the Training and Development Agency for Schools (formerly the Teacher Training Agency) and Robert Smedley, Dean of Faculty of Education at Edgehill University in Ormskirk, who has reinvigorated his college's teacher training provision and has some tips on how to recruit and retain the best teachers for the future.

A group of eight friends are celebrating forty years since studying at Maria Assumpta teacher training college in London. They’ve had reunions most years but this year the class of '67 travelled from parts far and wide - including Canada and Western Australia to recall those heady optimistic days of the sixties. Reporter Kathleen Griffin went along to find out how their training had prepared them for the classroom and how much things had changed…

Andrew Moran Mylett
Want to know what happens in your child’s class? Most parents only get through the door for the odd 5 minutes – we have a dad who attended his child’s primary for a whole year! Andrew Moran Mylett talks to Libby Purves about his experiences as a member of his child’s class.

Olivia Holmes
Libby Purves talks to Olivia Holmes, a volunteer with Volunteer Reading Help. This year marks 30 years since Olivia Holmes first went into Brunswick Park Primary School to help children who were struggling to learn to read. About 1000 children later, she is still going in twice a week.

Volunteer Reading Help is the largest national literacy charity. Volunteers help children with poor reading and communication skills. They go into primary school and spend half an hour twice a week with each child reading, talking and playing games. The aim of the sessions is to boost the literacy skills, self-confidence and self-esteem of the children.
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Andrew Moran Mylett’s book - So That’s What They Did at School Today– A Father’s Taste of the Classroom - is available from Thumbprint Press, on 01363 773205.

Volunteer Reading Help

Teachers TV

On Teachers TV this week: Teachers TV asked for fictional accounts of working in schools – and received 725 entries. Don’t miss the winning four being acted out by leading actors including Gillian Bevan (from The Teachers) and Bill Paterson (Lord Dundas in Amazing Grace).
The Staffroom Monologues series will be broadcast on Teachers TV from Monday 11th – Thursday 14th June at 8pm, and available afterwards to download at

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