For far too long schools policy has been driven by the narrow agendas of political parties with little or no respect for the hard-working professionals at the chalkface. And thus we have schools forced to model their curriculum on rote learning, with all creativity driven out, and where success is dangerously measured by narrow parameters, which are then used to punish teachers, the school and ultimately the pupils for not “passing”. Tes reports.
Surely it’s time for schools to be controlled by an independent body with a clear mandate to involve those who actually know something about education?
The first task of this organisation – or commission – should be to delve deeply into the actual educational merit of the received wisdom present in modern policy conversation.
How about this little list for a starting point?
- “Ofsted is there to support schools, and won’t be driven by just the data”.Wouldn’t we all love this to be true? But the reality is that the inspectorate is no more than a puppet for the government whose obsession is to compare and league table all schools
- “The government is working relentlessly to reduce teacher workload”. Ask any teacher and they would provide the reality check for this. All the time external pressure to continually improve is enormous, this pressure will be placed on the individual teachers. You need to look at the accountability regime first.
There is so much to address. This in itself would not be a problem if this was left to the professionals to sort out, but sadly this responsibility lies with government and the latest incarnation of the education secretary…
Read more suggestions on where to start Are any DfE policies based on educational merit?
Have you any more suggestions? Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin
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