Michael Gove has been relying on polls by a hotel chain and a media company to argue that drastic change is necessary to the History Curriculum. Luckily, our surveys are altogether more credible and respectable…
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 […]
The current politically driven directive to move teacher education into an apprenticeship model (DfE 2011) is the cause of deep-seated angst for me… the term ‘training’ has engulfed the profession, considering hands-on contact in lessons as being the key to developing future generations of highly effective teachers. I argue that a move in quite the […]
I completely agree that all schools should use data to improve their teaching and learning – this is absolutely vital…I haven’t met many educationalists who don’t think schools should generate data; it seems the main focus of disagreement is what to do with it.
The challenge of trying to live equitably and sustainably on a finite planet will undoubtedly provide the context for the lives of children who are at school today. Yet the proposals for the new national curriculum marginalise and exclude environmental issues. Why has there been so little protest?
…programmes such as Mastermind offer a vision of a traditional education which is dominated by a rapid recall of facts and getting the answer right; we aren’t required to think, simply to know. It might look impressive, but it could be seen as a shallow approach to learning…With the plethora of research which has focused […]
Some fairly blunt policies, like floor targets, have been used to drive change at the bottom end but data has led to better things across the board…I don’t know of any truly outstanding school that doesn’t use data about pupils well. It allows them to target resources on those that need them the most. Doing […]
Over the past 15 years policy development in English education has seen an ever more acute acceleration…Since the Coalition government has taken power, this need for accelerated policy development has continued. Much of the educational landscape is seeing radical change, sometimes untried and untested, sometimes not even seeing initial implementation before being abandoned or changed…
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 […]
On March 19th I was one of the one hundred signatories of a letter suggesting that the draft curriculum was too dependent on dry facts, over-prescriptive, untrusting of teachers and narrow. We feared such a curriculum would demotivate many children by failing to develop their interests, hamper their ability to think critically and creatively and […]