SSAT and silencing dissent


My school is a member of this organisation (SSAT), the so called schools, students and teachers network. Our SLT obviously decided that it was worth the membership fee (over £1700 a year) and having had one of their regular updates in my inbox, I decided to go on their website.

While apparently devoted to collaboration and its aims of  getting teachers to “inquire”, “inspire”, “innovate” and “impact”, further navigation revealed a rather one sided attitude in its teaching and learning section. This includes a series of pamphlets entitled “Redesigning Schooling”, which are sent to every member school. While ostensibly saying that they do not prescribe anything, the pamphlets essentially propose a “Claxtonite” curriculum of learners learning how to learn.

I have no problem with an organisation promoting certain ideas and I fully accept the right of a head teacher to subscribe to membership of an organisation that expresses views in line with his or…

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