Another note on those Chartered College Of Teaching elections

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Another note on those Chartered College Of Teaching elections

Scenes From The Battleground

Just a quick post here, but something on Twitter reminded me of another problem I’d talked about when the College of Teaching was proposed.

Back when discussions were underway about the Chartered College Of Teaching, one thing I argued for was more controversial than all the others although, of course, even the things that were more clear cut were completely ignored by the non-teachers who set up the Chartered College. This controversial suggestion was that senior managers be treated differently to teachers who weren’t senior managers. I didn’t mean excluded completely. Of course, they should be involved, but I was particularly concerned that the College would end up dominated by headteachers, not the frontline. I thought it vital that there would be some positions, indeed a majority of positions that heads couldn’t run for. I thought the best way of drawing the line would be to have some positions where…

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I was wrong about the Chartered College Of Teaching. It’s worse than I thought it would be.

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I was wrong about the Chartered College Of Teaching. It’s worse than I thought it would be.

Scenes From The Battleground

I keep resolving not to blog about the Chartered College Of Teaching. Obscurity will probably stop them getting public money faster than infamy will. Then some new information comes out, or they do something, that I cannot ignore. It’s now three posts in a row about them, but I couldn’t ignore this.

Just to remind you, this was meant to be a new professional association for teachers. It was made clear right from the start that it was meant to be teacher led, with David Cameron as prime minister promising:

…we will be working with the Claim Your College consortium in support of its proposal to establish a brand new, teacher-led College of Teaching

The heavy involvement of CPD providers in how it was set up always seemed suspicious. Lots of non-teachers were allowed to hold interim positions before there were elections. But the promise always was that eventually it…

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Ofsted Inspection is Deeply Flawed – says a serving inspector.

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Ofsted Inspection is Deeply Flawed – says a serving inspector.

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As someone who has raised multiple concerns about the validity of inspection processes over several years, I often receive messages from people on the receiving end.   This year alone, at least 10 different people have shared their bad experiences; their feelings of injustice, insecurity, demoralisation, disillusionment – after an Ofsted inspection that has taken them to the brink.  It’s common to hear that a lead inspector forms a view that, once voiced, never shifts; all they do is line up evidence to support their case.   To me, this is systemic – it’s not about a few rotten apples who don’t get in line with the current framework and myth-busting.

Very recently I was contacted out of the blue by a serving inspector who wanted to express their concerns from the perspective of conducting inspections for Ofsted in its current form, based on the latest training.   The inspector told me the following:

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Get Into Teaching. The best job going.

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Get Into Teaching. The best job going.

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One of the great joys of my current work as a travelling education consultant and teacher trainer is that I get to meet teachers everywhere; all over the UK; all over the world.  Everywhere I go I encounter wonderful teams of people doing incredible work, full of energy, enthusiasm, a sense of mission; bursting with ideas, possibilities, passions…. and loving it.   This is teaching.

If you are a teacher, think about all the reasons to be cheerful.  We have the best job; we work in the best places.  If you’re considering teaching, my advice is not to hesitate – go for it.  Join this great profession. Give it a go.   You’ll be making a massive difference and enjoying a rewarding professional career; you’ll have opportunities to do all kinds of interesting and challenging things; you’ll be part of a vibrant dynamic community in your own school and beyond  – there…

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Toxic tough talk is still killing us and needs to stop.

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Toxic tough talk is still killing us and needs to stop.

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Although I’m an optimistic by nature and see lots of wonderful things happening in our system, this is something that still bothers me…. so I’m going to off-load about it.

I remember hosting a Headteachers’ event at my school – when I had one – when a well-informed policy thinktank person laid out some home truths for us.  (No names because I can’t remember if it was meant for public consumption….). Here’s what we were told:

  • Politicians are motivated by getting elected… therefore they are motivated to do things and say things they think will deliver their re-election; this is hard-wired to be short-term given our electoral cycle.
  • In public opinion terms, it pays not to appear soft on schools or teachers.  There are no votes there.  It pays to talk tough to teachers.
  • Teachers are a minority voice versus parents – so if parents say they want things that…

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