One of the things that always strikes me when I see something like this:
is the way teachers seem to be marginalised from it. Evidence based teaching is a great idea. But why does it always seem to have to come from above? Why can’t teachers be given the support and resources to carry out research themselves and then disseminate their findings? No doubt some will argue that it makes it harder to move things on, when you could have someone who knows what they’re doing come in and find something out or tell teachers how it should be done. In my experience that just doesn’t work. Yes, you might have come in and feel a warm glow from doing something, but it probably hasn’t led to any improvement in the long-term. Generally teachers do a fantastic job. They’re probably the best workforce in the country for delivering what their employee wants. Government wants better grades; teachers get their students better grades. You put in place a league table and you bet teachers will get schools up it. That’s one of the reasons we’ve had grade inflation. Teachers did as they were asked, but those in charge had asked for the wrong thing. We don’t want everyone to get top marks, we want them to get the marks they deserve. If every student got an A* we’d rejig the grade boundaries so they didn’t.
So why not invest in teachers and give them the support they need? Get rid of a lot of these bodies that swallow up funds and give teachers more time to study and research. No it won’t lead to changes before the next election but education ought not to be directed by the whim of politicians and their policy based evidence.