Schools should be… left alone

How many times have we seen organisations, charities and even ministers call for schools to be given a duty to tackle some societal problem or other? Enough is enough, says Geoff Barton, general secretary of the ASCL in SecEd.

Amid the farewells, the events, and the sheer busyness, the end of an academic year is a moment for reflection. So, this is perhaps a good time to play a game of “Schools should…”

The rules are simple. Type “schools should” into a search engine and see what bright ideas have been doing the rounds. Here are a few…

“All schools should have a weekly meat-free day to help tackle climate change and obesity.” (Evening Standard, May 17)

“A music charity is calling for schools to exchange Mozart for Stormzy suggesting hip hop and grime need to be added to the curriculum.” (Metro, May 22)

Funding, time and teacher shortages make much of the above impossible. Read more about what Geoff Barton thinks of it all Schools should be… left alone 

Please tell us your thoughts in comments or via Twitter ~ Tamsin

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