The accountability system is creaking and driving too much of the wrong type of work; sorting it is a necessary step in addressing workload. This would still leave much to do. Teachers’ contact ratio is currently too high; we exacerbate the problem by providing poor quality irrelevant CPD. Advertisements
Talking at a number of conferences recently I’ve suggested that we’ve got to stop reinventing the wheel and use research wisely. Research provides signposts towards what might work for us, based on what has worked elsewhere and to what extent.
Schools don’t usually group all disadvantaged pupils together and deliberately teach them badly. A lack of progress by this sub-group maybe a result of more generic issues across the school; disadvantaged children are just impacted on more.
If anyone who signed up to the workload poster reads this post I can imagine them thinking “there is no pleasing some people”. There is a growing correlation between my age and increased level of grumpiness. The poster just made me cross.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to read a draft of Jim Smith’s Lazy Teacher’s Handbook and offer up a few thoughts; I’ve morphed the title of this blog post from it. Rather than encouraging teachers to be lazy it provides suggestions for doing important aspects of the job more effectively and efficiently.
Twelve is a good a number as any for directing people towards better teaching, assessment and learning. It certainly won’t cover everything and there are probably things you will disagree with. I don’t have any monopoly on what might improve teaching, assessment and learning. Rather these are the distillation of a number of presentations I … Continue reading