…the government needs to use a lot more carrot and a lot less stick. A belief that you can force schools to improve leads directly to a culture where you demand that they do and punish if they don’t…Governments need to let go of the command and control model and replace it with a faith […]
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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 […]
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.
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 […]