This post is merely a way to highlight the posts on my blog that, collectively, might represent a manifesto for change:
1. Reforming our Qualifications and Assessment Framework to provide a unifying, inclusive umbrella for the achievements of all learners: Towards a Proper English Bacc
The Headteachers’ Roundtable Bacc Framework
This is connected to developing more intelligent and sophisticated assessment processes:
With apologies to Richard Dawkins…
2. Reforming our Accountability system so that schools and teachers are known, not measured by narrow data sets and inadequate drop-in inspections: Accountability We Can Trust
A bold claim….
This links to developing intelligent longitudinal methods of evaluating the quality of teaching and learning:
Departmental Review: work in progress.
3. Raising standards by directing policy and resources at the aspects of schooling that make the greatest difference rather than obsessing about the curriculum and deriding progressive teaching methods: Improving pedagogical practice and Early Years Literacy. Raising the Bar
Raising the Bar: Ambition and Technique
This is linked to promoting higher aspirations across our schools. The Anatomy of High Expectations
What do High Expectations for able learners look like?
4. Raising the level of trust and trust-worthiness in the system: Building a Trust Culture, It’s not all hugs tackles this from one angle, and ‘From Plantation Thinking to Rainforest Thinking’ tackles it from another.
The lush rainforest; diverse, unpredictable, evolving, daunting, exciting.
5. Moving away from dichotomised discourse as described in A New Currency of Educational Discourse
Time for a new currency…..
And looking more closely at effective pedagogy and leadership:
a) Teaching Great Lessons: as highlighted at a recent presentation at the Wellington Education Festival
Strong leadership with strong automous individuals..
d) Embracing the best of contemporary thinking on teaching and learning: Leading 21st C Learning
Dylan Wiliam and John Hattie both emphasise teacher development as the key
Courtesy of Tom Sherrington at headguruteacher