Asking simple questions

On a recent visit to Sydney, I asked Frank Crawford, Chief Inspector of Education in Scotland to share his sage advice on what schools need to do to improve.

For Frank the questions we need to ask schools are simple but on the mark. Too often we frame the question – are you improving learning or have you met the benchmarks?  This leads us down the deficit model, which in schools that are struggling with the learning agenda can be disastrous.

As you’ll see below – Frank challenges schools to move from good to great by framing the right questions around data/feedback. Enquiry should be at the heart of good schooling and yet many principals and teachers still struggle with an enquiry-based approach.

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