With Teresa May’s recent pledge that every secondary school teacher will receive free mental health training, the profile of mental health and schools is raised once again. Do schools view wellbeing as an ‘added extra’ or firmly embedded within the culture and ethos of success? Penny Webb explores the research of Sue Roffey and argues […]
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On 17th March 2016, the Government published its white paper Educational Excellence Everywhere. This is the second major, recent government document that uses the term ‘evidence-based practice’ frequently…Educational Excellence Everywhere uses it 27 times, including nine times in the short section about initial teacher education.
When it comes to recognition, we need to stop thinking of teachers as qualified after 1 year of training, and take a longer view of progress towards mastery…New teachers need to see that there is value and recognition in continuing their professional development, and financial and career incentive to engage in this.
With another general election looming, education and teacher education is already featuring as a battle ground. Should our children be taught by qualified teachers or not? William Stow wonders whether this headline debate is a distraction from bigger issues and fails to address the key point – how do we recruit AND retain the best […]
The challenges that children and young people face in their everyday lives clearly have an impact on their ability to access and engage with their learning. And listening and attending to these issues is part of the daily work of many education professionals…At best this can be exhausting – at worst the ability of teachers […]
For a number of reasons it’s getting harder to find schools to say yes (to student placements), with two factors above all cited – the fear of the progress data of a particular class getting damaged by teaching from a very inexperienced student and, similarly, ‘our data isn’t good enough and we’re expecting an Ofsted […]
Given that teachers in schools can be positioned principally with being policy enactors and that education policy tends to be deeply implicated in political imperatives, some alternative perspectives are required if the thinking in schools is to evolve beyond the constant bending to policy initiatives…
The Carter Review comes after a radical restructuring of the ITE funding mechanism, giving much more money to schools and incentivising them to train their own teachers alongside traditional university-led routes into teaching…It’s interesting to speculate what such a report might have said four years ago. At that time the DfE could have taken a […]
…Let’s start a serious conversation about retention and teacher development, to stop the wholesale wastage of expertise in both schools and universities to which the current situation is leading and to show that we are serious about sustainable, long-term investment in the thing that matters – the quality of teaching in schools.
It seems axiomatic that if there is a choice between appointing someone to a teaching post who is ‘qualified’ and someone who is not it makes sense to appoint someone who is ‘qualified’. However…we may be wise to see the notion of being ‘qualified’ to teach in its broadest sense and this leads into questioning […]