For more than a century the requirements of the workforce/economy have influenced what has been taught in schools. In the industrial age, skills like efficiency and conformity were highly valued. What developed was a model of schooling that endeavoured to impart these skills through the curriculum. Even today, the requirements of a 21st century workforce seem to dominate educational … More What are schools preparing learners for?
As I’ve mentioned previously, our focus as a system this year is on good teaching and good teacher practice. We know what the research tells us about good teachers and student learning outcomes. This of course is based on a very important assumption – the quality of leadership. Michael Fullan calls the principal the “nerve … More Learning leaders
This was the opening comment by a head teacher an an education round table I attended in London. Several school leaders and teachers gathered to discuss the impact of the latest policy announcements the the conservative coalition government. After listening to them it wasn’t hard to be somewhat pessimistic at the future of schooling in … More ‘Education is going backwards’