10 Wishes for Education in 2017

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What would you wish for in education?

Happy New Year readers!

It’s a been a crazy year for politics, which has resulted in a change of hands at education HQ here in England. We are up against political ideology from a group of people who have no idea what real education looks like, fiddling and faffing around with ideas, cherry-picking research to suit their beliefs about what an inclusive education system entails. nor have any clue what goes on at the chalk-face.

If you can muster the energy after any late-night celebrations, then watch this video which outlines my wishes for 2017.

Wish-list for 2017:

  1. All teachers to have more time to mark and plan lessons.
  2. 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’.
  3. For any future, elected, Secretary of State for Education, to be an ex-classroom practitioner.
  4. To stop the EBacc nonsense immediately.
  5. For the DfE to recognise that university is not the only option for a child.
  6. To leave curriculum and examinations alone for a period (at least!) and re-introduce modular components into courses.
  7. To review routes into teaching. Schools need more flexibility to recruit teachers …
  8. To celebrate, share and promote the success of teachers all over the UK. We need more positive media stories. Let’s focus on success on our own doorstep!
  9. As part of our drive to improve well-being, as they do with teachers in New Zealand, offer one-week sabbaticals, accruing year on year for each year in service.
  10. Finally, ensure the College of Teaching is funded beyond 2020 and let us claim back what is ours! Imagine that? Teachers holding themselves to account …

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2 thoughts on “10 Wishes for Education in 2017

  • 2nd January 2017 at 5:21 pm
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    Brilliant post. Particularly like to have a sebatical mentality in education. Perhaps that would secure retention of teachers and heads? Also….high stakes though Ofsted inspection. This is so concerning. Looking at regional inspection results (outcomes), Out of about 40 inspections in the SW , 50% are good, 50% RI. I wish for all heads in difficulty to stop being named and shamed. Accountability yes, shaming no!

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  • 10th January 2017 at 11:31 am
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    Great read 🙂 I would put my vote for number 3, a bit more of understanding and insights from real world of teaching would definitely be beneficial. Thanks again

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