Prince sent his ‘old fashioned’ ideas to Limavady native

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The Prince of Wales wrote to Limavady-born former Education Secretary Ruth Kelly in 2004 conveying his “old-fashioned” views about schooling.

He made the comments in the context of three of his Education Summer Schools, which were partly-funded by the Department of Education.

He wrote: “There is, I think, a very real sense that the Schools have identified a gap in the teaching of English and History and, I might add, have set about bridging it.

“My Summer Schools are also challenging the fashionable view that teachers should not impart bodies of knowledge but should instead act as ‘facilitators’ or ‘coaches,’ a notion, which I find difficult to understand I admit.”

Ms Kelly thanked the Prince and confirmed funding would continue.