Friday, 11 September 2015

Back to the Future With Dame Sally Coates

Dame Sally Coates says here "if there is one area where all schools would benefit from central direction it’s in the field of curriculum and assessment." 

This article is definitely worth a read. It contains some excellent ideas that many teachers would welcome. If fact it seems logical, well thought out, and looks like it would improve not only education in this country, but also make a teacher's workload more manageable.

But.... it seems like a proposal to reverse all the changes that Mr Gove brought in.

In fact it reminds me of exactly where we were headed about 10 years ago. 
It's a case of "Back to the Future".

Whilst I believe this proposal is a good idea, what is to stop another crackpot Secretary of State for Education reversing everything in 5 years' time? Nothing!

Until a system is in place which removes political meddling, we are destined to go round this curriculum merry-go-round for ever. If educational professionals were allowed more influence on policy we would make better forward progress. The chances of this though are zero because politicians cannot stop meddling and Headteacher organisations seem unable to grasp the nettle.

Good luck with the proposal Dame Sally. You will get more teachers on board if you can guarantee some mechanism for stability. Teachers are tired of all the imposed change and frankly down right lies from the DfE.

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