What rhetorical questions would you ask ‘about education’?
I have a few provocative questions I’d like to ask and do not require any answers, although I’d be pleased to read your thoughts in the comments section below.
Definition: Rhetorical – adjective: asked in order to produce an effect or to make a statement rather than to elicit information.
- Do others under-estimate how hard it is to teach in a challenging school?
- Is there anything negative about teaching in an inclusive school?
- Should we treat SEN students with zero tolerance?
- Can teachers ‘take risks’ in a school culture that seeks compliance – so that it can improve?
- How do we know if OfSTED are correct in their judgements and processes of schools?
- What do OfSTED inspectors ‘get out of school inspection’? Is it a satisfying process?
- Do school inspectors realise they are part of the retention problem?
- Why do schools celebrate OfSTED inspections?
- How many teachers leave the profession after an OfSTED inspection?
- How do we know the current OfSTED framework can be applied fairly to all schools / context?
- Why does OfSTED ignore school complaints?
- Why does OfSTED re-engineer their reports – to suit their judgements – after an inspection?
- Why do OfSTED inspectors still ask school leaders to produce documents for a school inspection?
- Do we under-value the work senior teachers do in our schools?
- Is the job of a senior leader working in a challenging school, on a ‘hiding to nothing’?
- Why is part-time a dirty word in education? Do schools support part-time requests for senior leaders?
- In a landscape facing significant funding cuts, can single-status academies survive on their own?
- Why is (Multi-Academy Trust) MAT allocation an opaque process?
- What criteria is used when the (Department for Education) DfE select their ‘preferred partners’?
- Is a MAT takeover, genuinely a ‘consultation’?
- Can a MAT’s version of ‘Good’ be better than everyone else’s version of ‘Good’?
These are questions I have asked myself over the past 6 weeks. I have much to say, but I will leave my views *mute for now.