Can the public build consensus for change in our education system?
I am sharing this video because it requires a wider audience. Our education system would do better for our pupils and our teachers if we started taking action, rather than just spoke about what to do; please listen to the seasoned advice of Lord Jim Knight.
- According to the Institute of Fiscal Studies, schools are 8 percent short in ‘real terms’ cuts over the last 8 years.
- In 2024, England will be 47,000 secondary school teachers short of what it needs to maintain current pupil-teacher ratios
- One in five 17-19-year-old girls attempt self-harm or suicide in England
- 56% of teachers believe that our school system is no longer fit for purpose
- Schools are working with less money and having to employ younger, cheaper teachers who are less resilient
- More teachers are leaving the profession than joining
- ITT targets have been missed for the sixth consecutive year
- One-third of teachers in England have mental health problems. As a result, the number of sicknesses, short-term supply and behaviour increases.
Video credit: Parliament Live
“As a result, the school suffers declining teacher quality, results suffer, the high-stakes accountability system kicks in, followed by parental choice and a collapse in budgets and the end of the headteacher’s career. This is the spiral of decline, and school and local authority funding cuts are often at the heart of that story.”
A new paradigm?
- Reduce testing – currently £2Bn per annum – testing for formative purposes, not summative.
- Trust teachers more to shape the curriculum; insert more applied learning on top of core knowledge
- Abolish GCSEs at 16 years old, to free up a more engaging curriculum at 14-19
- Welcome back creative and applied teachers to develop the whole child and reconnect teachers with their vocation.
- All underpinned by proper resources, learning and child development.
This, my dear reader, is the reality of many schools and school leaders in our education system today. Funding schools is simply not a priority for this government. You can read Lord Knight’s speech on his blog.