Guiding the Sage back to the Stage – Chris Parsons, ‎Deputy Head (Academic) at Norwich Lower School examines what might be lost if teachers simply get out of the way and ‘facilitate’ learning.

  Let’s talk about ‘The Teacher’. What exactly is the point of them…? “To teach!” some might hotly (or facetiously) retort. “To help learners learn!” some might worthily respond… The thing is, nothing else in nature or technology can learn like a human being. To be able to derive abstract ideas from spoken words and... Continue Reading →

Attempting to solve the current recruitment crisis with teachers from abroad helps no one Professor Geraint Jones talks to The Telegraph

  My heart sank when I read about the Government’s ‘secret plan’ to spend £300,000 on recruiting Maths and Physics teachers from Poland and the Czech Republic in an attempt to plug a shortage in schools.  Whilst I understand why such a plan is in place, it smacks of a last-ditch effort to solve the teacher recruitment... Continue Reading →

Amanda Spielman is wrong – Ofsted should never be seen as a ‘force for improvement’ Professor Geraint Jones tells The Telegraph where Ofsted is going wrong

  In her first interview as chief inspector of England’s schools, Amanda Spielman said she will start by examining the very purpose of Ofsted. Whilst the answer to her quandary is relatively straightforward – Ofsted’s role is to report without fear or favour directly to Parliament on the quality of schools in England – it... Continue Reading →

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