Gruffalo author’s curriculum criticisms

Children's author Julia Donaldson in Milngavie Library. Julia is doing a nationwide tour of'public libraries, highlighting their importance and opposing closure. '    Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 6th Sept 2012
Children's author Julia Donaldson in Milngavie Library. Julia is doing a nationwide tour of'public libraries, highlighting their importance and opposing closure. ' Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 6th Sept 2012

CHILDREN’S author Julia Donaldson has hit out at Scotland’s new school curriculum, claiming bureaucratic jargon is preventing teachers doing their job properly.

The woman behind the popular Gruffalo books, who lives in Bearsden, thinks that while the aims of the Curriculum for Excellence are positive, the guidelines teachers are given are too stringent.

Donaldson, a former secondary school teacher,was reported as saying: “It is good we have these criteria and they are really good aims for schools, but teachers should be freer to get on with it.

“I feel sorry for teachers having to toe the line and tick the boxes because my impression of those I have met is almost universally they are doing a great job.”