The children in this nursery in the leafy London suburb of Richmond are busy acting out a story about a bear in a forest. Stage directions, however, are being given to them by their teacher in Russian.
Schools have been accused of teaching on the cheap by using unqualified staff to take lessons.
Many pupils leave school with scant knowledge or understanding of religion and beliefs, according to a report by Ofsted inspectors released today.
Children are being subjected to regimented school days in which they are drilled to pass tests rather than enjoy their education, a union leader has warned.