I attended a thought-provoking conference at the University of Roehampton in London yesterday – fortunately it was only a couple of bus rides from where I live, though I felt slightly guilty about not getting on my bike.
The conference covered issues to do with the future of teacher education and had a range of key speakers including the education policy guru of the moment, Andreas Schleicher from OECD. However my interest was in comments made by Jon Coles, CEO of the United Learning Academy Chain, which runs 49 schools across England (as of April 2014 according to their website). He used to be the senior civil servant responsible for English state schools and to some extent has turned from gamekeeper to poacher. More importantly, he now has the relative freedom of saying what he really thinks about the education system, having once been a teacher himself.
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