Data and wellbeing: horse and carriage?

Matthew Connor Martin

Data has become a dirty word in English schools as of late. I tweeted about this early in the week and, upon the request of Naureen, I want to clarify my thoughts in an extended blog. The purpose of this blog, therefore, is to explore why data has become so unfavourable and elucidate exactly why this is so dangerous.

What’s the problem? 

I believe that recently teachers have become scared of using data in their classroom and their lessons. Firstly, and perhaps most fundamentally, some teachers take the view that data and wellbeing cannot neatly coexist. This fear takes two forms. One the one hand, some teachers stress over the fact that data will impact negatively on their wellbeing. This scenario quickly conjures up images of a teacher stuck at their desk, late into the evening, inputting line-by-line of data with a slightly warm microwave meal as they’re ripping…

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