Here are some more thoughts from Twitter on what ought to be the priorities for the new Secretary of State for Education – Justine Greening.
(See also our previous compilation of tweets using hashtag – #DearJustine.)
As we said in the previous post, if it’s useful to do so, please copy, paste and tweet these slides individually to Justine and others.
Many suggested that Ms Greening should look outside England for advice on education.
Workload is still a major issue for teachers and schools. Survey after survey has been ignored. The change that Nicky Morgan promised hasn’t happened and not enough is being done about retention of staff. Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and its relation to Higher Education (HE) is also a major concern.
Political interference in pedagogy is often denied but evidently some teachers still feel the pressure to teach in a certain way. Assessment, as predicted, is something that teachers are passionate about. The fiasco over the Year 6 SATs this year has increased underlying concerns.
We must briefly mention governors, particularly parent governors. Although there were limited comments about governors, the reduction of parent governors is still in the proposed Education Bill and this issue needs resolving positively.
- @JaPenn56: Don’t forget school governors when talking about/to school leaders.
- @mm684: Please can you value governors/trustees for what we bring to education.
There were many tweets about Further and Higher Education and the impending legislation – as well as concerns about the impact of Britain leaving the EU.
Administrative issues and funding continue to cause a flurry of comments.
Despite Nicky Morgan’s partial U-turn on the Academies programme, there’s still intense and clear-cut opposition to this policy.
There now follows four slides on general comments that either didn’t fit precisely into the categories chosen or didn’t fit onto an existing slide.
Again, this shows both the depth of feeling and the diversity in what people think are the major challenges for the Secretary of State right now. It’s certainly not going to be a passive undertaking for Justine Greening if she really considers these tweets.
“The view from Whitehall does not match the view in 20,000 schools across the land. . . . .
When you challenge teachers to aim high, therefore, remember also to challenge some of the received wisdoms of Westminster.
We already have one of the most autonomous school systems in the world. A bit more autonomy is not going to solve our problems. It will fragment and isolate our schools.
We already have one of the most accountable systems in the world. More use of “the stick” won’t drive standards up; it will break our schools. High-stakes accountability corrupts everything it touches, hollowing out the results it claims to produce and distorting good practice. It destroys initiative and replaces it with compliance.
We already have a deeply demoralised workforce. They cannot work any harder. They don’t need pushing – they need access to good ideas and the best evidence. “
See also an excellent article in The TES from Geoff Barton.
“There was little in the White Paper that would have helped teachers to teach better or students to learn more.
I hope, therefore, that the new education secretary will lob that document into the nearest bin, along with some of the nauseating ideology of the Department. For example, there’s the view that all university-based teacher training is run by complacent nutters, and the view that accountants know more about how to teach reading than people in our primary schools.
So I hope she’ll stuff all such ideological baggage into the back of one of those Downing Street removal vans and wave away an era of the profession being patronised.”
“Can she help the profession to recruit more top-quality teachers, give them the freedom to teach skilfully and joyfully, and ensure the conditions whereby they stay in what ought to be the most optimistic of professions?
If she can do that, every child from every background will benefit. So will our economy and our sense of national wellbeing.”
Very well said.
Thank you to all “contributors” on Twitter.
Let’s keep reminding Justine through “#DearJustine” of what a passionate and ever hopeful profession we are.