As trailed on twitter… a short round-up of annoying things controlling schools still do that have no basis in evidence.
1. Grade individual lessons
There is no justification for this in terms of professional discourse. It’s voodoo; a control device. No human observer can reliably maintain graded judgements over time, let alone ensuring that this is done consistently by different people. Nobody has the power to judge a lesson to be Outstanding and not merely Good based on student learning – it’s a delusion. Not being rude; just saying it how it is.
At best, grading is a super-crude short-hand proxy for saying a range of positive and negative things about a lesson. But, let’s be honest, if you need to tell someone their lesson is Grade 3 or 4 to convey a sense of your concerns about the quality of their work or if you think a ‘nothing…
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