Michael Morpurgo, the former children’s laureate, has called on the government to reinstate “story time” in all schools, saying children must have time in the day for contemplation without being tested.
Saying too many pupils are introduced to books merely as a tool to learn spelling and punctuation, he said: “You cannot force this medicine down their throats and say ‘you have to learn this because you’re going to be tested on it’.”
“It’s really, really important for children to have these moments in the school day for contemplation,” he said. “There must be no questions afterwards, no comprehension exercises and no testing.
“I would like to see it in every school in the country, Mr Gove.”