With a new Secretary of State for Education comes a new hashtag – a polite “Dear Justine”, offering helpful advice and urgent pleas from teachers, educators and parents to Justine Greening. (Thanks to @TES for the suggestion of #DearJustine).
It’s encouraging to see so many positive and thoughtful suggestions – at a time when many are exhausted at the end of term and by yet another change in the “political” world of education.
This one particularly caught our eye as it resonates with our own view that the UNICEF Convention on the Rights of the Child should be central to the aims and purposes of education and subsequent policy change.
The overriding request is for the new Secretary of State to listen to professionals, learn from them and ensure that any changes to educational policy puts the wellbeing of children and young people at the forefront.
We have collated some of the comments to help Justine Greening identify the priorities for teachers and hopefully to take these into consideration when deciding her own.
There are some broad categories here to consider. It’s also worth noting that within over 1000 tweets, less than a handful asked for the status quo – such is the strength of feeling that education needs dramatic change.
However it’s not all about Justine. The Shadow Secretary of State, Angela Rayner, may also find these compilations useful – as would others who are developing their own policies for education.
Apologies for those who made excellent tweets that were omitted. Time constraints and a wish to make this post as compact as possible meant many good tweets were left out.
Please feel free to copy, paste and re-tweet any of the slides to Ms Greening, her team or anyone else who will listen to the voice of the professionals.
On valuing professionals and listening to what teachers have to say . . . .
It’s interesting to see so many comments about the curriculum. There’s been so much change and yet teachers want more because they know the existing curriculum isn’t working for them or their pupils.
Wellbeing of staff and students is high on the agenda for change, as is making PSHE Education statutory and a serious review of lifelong learning.
Are politicians listening to the views of parents, children and young people? Not according to many.
Another area that needs change is Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).
Pleas also for Early Years and English as a Additional Language.
More to follow in Part Two.