This ATL commissioned research, which revisited 50 primary schools that were previously studied in the early 90s, provides detailed insights into the impact of New Labour's education policies on Key Stage 2.
Giving teachers the opportunity to speak out about their experiences of government initiatives, it illustrates that there have been more changes in teachers' attitudes and practices in the last 5 years than in the previous 20 years. Despite criticisms of over-prescription, Coming full circle? demonstrates widespread endorsement by teachers and headteachers of the changes in teaching methods developed through the national literacy and numeracy strategies. Teaching methods have also been enhanced by ICT and the role of teaching assistants.