Here’s what I think is problematic…
Our education system isn’t working well enough.
Summative assessment is shackling schools.
Graded observations are straitjacketing teachers.
Confused ideas are undermining teacher training.
AfL has become hijacked, hoop-jumping gimmickry.
Snake oil is awash in the school system.
Inspections are inconsistent.
… and here’s what we can do about it:
Great education systems make teaching quality their north star.
Great teachingis effective instruction plus continuous improvement.
Effective instruction focuses on explanations, questioning, practice and feedback.
Cognitive science suggests knowledge, memory and practice are vital for learning.
So knowledge, memory and practice are central to improving the quality of our teaching.
Great school leadership improves the ethos, culture and systems of the school.
Great school leaders use cultural and instructional levers to help teachers improve.
A great school ethos is based on strong routines and good habits.
Effective behaviour systems are all about consistent consequences.
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