Originally published in 1990. Small primary schools were a source of considerable debate in the 1980s. This balanced and authoritative account is based on the findings of a survey of curriculum provision. It shows that small primary schools differ surprisingly little from their larger counterparts in the content of their curriculum and in the manner of its teaching. It suggests though that pupils in small schools do not necessarily get a better deal than pupils in larger schools. It looks at the future of those schools and discusses clustering and federation to pool resources. Written just as the National Curriculum was about to be introduced, this book is an interesting reflection for students of primary education, curriculum studies and educational administrators.

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Edited ByMaurice Galton, Helen Patrick

chapter one|23 pages

The debate about small schools

ByMaurice Galton, Helen Patrick

chapter two|22 pages

Small schools and their teachers

ByHelen Patrick

chapter three|27 pages

The curriculum in small schools

ByMaurice Galton

chapter four|29 pages

Teachers and pupils in small schools

ByLinda Hargreaves

chapter five|19 pages

Small and large schools: some comparisons

ByHelen Patrick, Linda Hargreaves

chapter six|19 pages

Small schools: the observers’ studies

ByBrian Aldridge, Maurice Galton, Rosemary Grant, Cherry Harrison, David Lea

chapter seven|24 pages

Parents, governors, and the local authority in one small school

ByMaurice Galton

chapter eight|16 pages

The small school: trends and possibilities

ByMaurice Galton, Helen Patrick