A lot has been written about trust recently. How a lack of trust in teachers is holding back education. Or how we should have a trust based inspection process. Or we should trust teachers with the curriculum. I have my doubts. Like other parents, every day I trust teachers and schools with my children. I… Read More Trust, but verify…
The concept of National Curriculum Levels has been with us for nearly 30 years, borne out of the 1987 Task Group on Assessment and Testing (TGAT) chaired by Paul Black. I mention this not with any intention of persuading anyone of their merits but simply to place them in time. And in school terms the time… Read More Assessment: Throw away the pen and paper
We need more school places. That’s a simple fact. These places will come from either the expansion of existing schools, or by the building of new schools. That’s a statement of the bleeding obvious. If money is tight then expansion should only occur in areas where there is need for more school places. That’s fiscal common… Read More Everything else is politics
This is very quick thought about this post from @dataeducator yesterday. An excellent post highlighting a real issue. It included the following table and pointed out the possibilities for ‘gaming’ of outcomes in 2017. Read the post to understand how this can occur. Now there are always going to be issues in the transition period… Read More Additional thoughts about Progress 8
The first assembly I attended as a teacher was for the new intake of Year 9’s (lower/middle/upper system) given by our Deputy Head Richard Morris. Now I’m not that brilliant at remembering things from that long ago but many of his words that day stayed with me and informed not just my teaching but how… Read More Primum non nocere
It’s the New Year, so I’m thinking of starting a new business. I thought I would set out a little of my understanding of the intended industry and its needs to help be start thinking about what kind of person I need to recruit to run the organisation. I thought it would be useful first… Read More Nothing ventured….
This is a bit of an addendum to my recent post on the DfE consultation about the proposed College of Teaching. In the consultation document (which is about two things – the CoT and CPD & professional Development) one of the sections that ‘caught my eye’ was this one relating to the expression of interests… Read More In the kingdom of glass everything is transparent…