Where is Education now? Hope vs Despair
Things that make me despair:
Visionless policy-making. There’s no overall vision for education from any party. No joined up thinking; no coherent strategy. It’s piecemeal bits and pieces, stabbing around for election hits. Tory Grammars was the most head-in-sand example but Jeremy Corbyn needs to stop talking about kids learning things by heart as if this is a terrible thing; it’s the wrong debate to have about SATs. He also needs to stop talking about LAs as if they are the answer. Show me a school that is excellent because of local democratic control.
DFE Manipulation via Output Control – in the hole where leadership should be: I’m fed up with the way government seeks to engineer changes via outcome measures. EBacc, P8, Ofsted criteria, coasting schools definitions… it goes on. This generates perpetual gaming, dressing up and hubristic facade building, the cult of Outstanding – instead of deep-rooted system-wide…
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