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:
- 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.
- To review routes into teaching. 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. Let’s focus on success on our own doorstep!
- 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.
- 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 …