LEFTIES’ RIGHTS CHAMPIONED - SUCCESSFULLY
Left-handed pupils are one step closer to receiving the special teaching they need in the classroom, says Mid Worcestershire MP Peter Luff.
Left-handed MP Peter has campaigned for many years to ensure that left-handed pupils received specific teaching and he is delighted that this has now paid off. In the draft version of the Government’s new National Curriculum for schools, the document now contains guidance that,
‘... left-handed pupils should receive specific teaching to meet their needs.’
Being left handed himself, Peter remembers the difficulties he had when learning to write, to draw and to use scissors and other basic implements, always designed for right-handed children. He was inspired to take up the cause by Mark Stewart of Anything Left-Handed (now known as 'Left n Write') in Worcester, and by his own personal experience.
“I am delighted that the Government has finally recognised the special requirements of left-handed pupils and that there will be proper provision within primary and first schools to help meet the needs of left-handed children.
“We will have to wait until the final version of the National Curriculum is published but I am confident that left-handed pupils will soon benefit from the tailored teaching they need.”
Peter has also written to the Minister of State for Schools, David Laws, to ask him what will be added into teacher training programmes to ensure that teachers are equipped to help left-handed pupils in the classroom. Peter campaigned on this specific issue fifteen years ago and believed he had won reassurances from the then government, but it now appears that not all the commitments made at the time have been fully honoured.
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