All these things shall come to pass…

Not necessarily because they are good things, or that they are evidenced, or even that anyone really wants them to.

They just will. Largely due to pressure of budgets. And inertia.

Of course, some of these things already happen to a greater of lesser extent in different phases. What I see is that they will become more mainstream. The rule, rather than the exception.

  1. The single stand-alone school will become the exception rather than the rule.
  2. School vouchers (ring-fenced to state-provision) will arrive.
  3. Pay levels will be determined at a regional/local level.
  4. Pay levels will differ by subject.
  5. Teaching Assistants will become Assistant Teachers who take classes, supervised by a QTS teacher.
  6. Some specialist provision will be delivered by remote teachers.
  7. Schools will buy in provision for specific elements of the curriculum rather than employing full-time specialists.
  8. Schools will place curriculum materials online, encouraging further sharing within departments.
  9. Curriculum resources will become a shared development between schools.
  10. Entire curriculums will be commercially available online and their use will become the norm.
  11. Marking will be more and more automated.
  12. End of course assessment will be online.
  13. Students will use digital devices in lessons
  14. Schools will teach keyboard skills as much as they teach cursive handwriting.
  15. There will be a greater use of blended learning models, particularly post-sixteen.
  16. Home learning linked to school models will develop.

Tell me I’m wrong.

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One thought on “All these things shall come to pass…

  1. A friend entered into a course to qualify as a TA at the same time as I entered counselling training, only her course was just a year, after almost 2 years I had to leave my own course due to lack of clinical experience. We were each others referees. All my references were followed up, no one ever asked me for her reference.

    The lack of thoroughness in checking and training for someone assisting in a primary school classroom does worry me. However, so does the need for assistants because I remember a time when one teacher taught a larger class without any assistants at all, and the quality of the education was more thorough.

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