In my last post, I rather controversially suggested that when I’m Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Education (and yes, I can do both, Gladstone was his own Chancellor of the Exchequer and Churchill his own Secretary of State for Defence) I might scrap reports.
But I’m not a wholly unreasonable man. I’d replace them with something.
(I might even keep the end-of-year report, but make it a brief letter from the form tutor, covering the year’s events. I’m willing to negotiate on this one.)
I’d give parents access to an electronic mark book.
Yes, for every teacher in every subject.
Yes, both for short-answer factual tests and for essays.
I think the potential advantages of this would be obvious. Parents would find out immediately how their offspring were doing at school. Some weeks some parents would receive a dozen notifications abouts the performance of their children. Even parents…
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