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Critique is easy, offering solutions is the difficult bit

The reason the tests plus inspections model has lasted 25 years despite constant criticisms of the kind you’re making is that no one has managed to suggest a viable alternative. No Government of any political stripe is going to do anything other than tinker with the current model unless something concrete, implementable and politically viable […]

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The Dehumanisation of Teachers

My point..is the highly detrimental effect the high accountability and data-driven regime is having on schools and on education…I’d like to look at a process that I think is particularly damaging. The process comes from the constant need for schools to show ‘progress’ and for pupils to take a childhood-ignoring upward path to ever greater […]

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Why data driven approaches are improving education

As I suspected you do see the fairly obvious benefits of publishing and collecting data. Your real concern – shared by plenty of others – is how the data is used by Government for the purposes of accountability…But the right question isn’t “does accountability have any negative effects” but “do the positive effects of accountability […]

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Drowning in Numbers

The current education system has an overload of numbers. Everywhere you turn, there they are: from the percentage of passes at GCSEs, to SATs results, to Ofsted grades, to PISA scores, it just goes on and on. The amount of numerical data published on each school is mind blowing, if not mind numbing….I have a […]

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