What is the true meaning of teaching?
This is my message to Father Christmas.
This is a short and simple post to ask my readers this Christmas, what is the true meaning of teaching?
Firstly, I would like to thank all my readers who follow me on social media and read my blog regularly. I am pleased to see so many teachers sharing good practice online; spreading good ideas and breaking bad ones; looking to develop their own practice as well as challenge policy and watchdog. This is my wish for Christmas. To see more and more teachers connect and share best practice; to challenge policy and shape the landscape of education for our students.
The blogging community is a force to be reckoned with, but it is so easy for is all to be lost along the way; arguing amongst ourselves; promoting knowledge or skills; or progressive versus traditional teaching methods. Whatever it may be, or whatever the latest fad is this season, at this time of the year we should all remember that we are all in it together.
We are all in education because we want to improve the life chances of all students in the country. We all want our children to reach their full potential. This includes the most vulnerable and hardest to reach students in our society, pupil premium and the privileged. It doesn’t matter who, every child deserves a good education.
This is my letter to Santa.
Dear Santa, I would like to wish for;
- All teachers to have more time to mark and plan lessons.
- School inspections to be less high-stakes; and for the four-scale measurement to reduce from outstanding, good requires improvement and special measures to simply ‘good’ or ‘not yet good’.
- For any future, elected, Secretary of State for Education, to be an ex-classroom practitioner.
- To stop the EBacc nonsense immediately.
- For the DfE to recognise that university is not the only option for a child.
- To leave curriculum and examinations alone for a period (at least!) and re-introduce modular components into courses.
- Review the schools direct route into teaching. It is not working and schools need more flexibility to recruit teachers.
- To celebrate, share and promote the success of teachers all over the UK. We need more positive media stories.
- As part of our drive to improve well-being, offer one-week sabbaticals accruing year on year for each year in service.
- Finally, to allow all teachers to cash-in one duvet day per term!
Imagine that? 3 days per year in bed; paid to work at home!
Happy Christmas everyone!