Looking for the new way forward or Teachers will NEVER do what you ask them to do…..
I like Billy Bragg. Or the 20-year-old me likes Billy Bragg. The one that is still me in my head until I look in the mirror before I go to work on a Monday morning. Not the one that looks back at me from an unflattering photo snapped by my kids on the iPad as I sit on the train travelling to London. I like him because his music made me think I was able to change the world. Sometimes on my best days I still think I’m going to do that.
So on the first Saturday in September I venture to the big smoke to take part in the next big thing? Something I can get on board with. Something that will help drive up standards and improve children’s life chances. Something that will be different. It’s school based so that ticks a box. It has been organised by practitioners so that helps. The costs are low and I have chosen to do it so it should have some impact or so I think.
So why am I left asking so many questions and what will I do differently this week?
In this new world order the questions below still puzzle me.
- Who provides the support to help teachers get better? In a coordinated way? So that all students can thrive?
- How is it distributed fairly?
- Who helps headteachers improve what they do?
- Have we got access to too much information?
- Why are there so many teachers feeling victimised in the profession they entered to make a difference?
- Why do we use so much Jargon?
- Have I just signed up to the next big thing which will be laughed at in the next 5 year?
- Why are modern schools so badly designed?
- Why have I not visited the children’s museum before?
- Who provides the direction for our profession?
- What are the motives of those who try to fill the gap provided by the dismantling of the Local Authorities?
- Why do we spend so much time comparing ourselves to different countries which are very different?
- What is our fixation with targets and numbers?
- Why should I be think in my wildest dreams it is a good idea to introduce performance related pay in a profession that people don’t choose to enter for the money?
- Why am I here?
I listened to the introductions and marvelled at the numbers who had turned up. I watched the movements of the masses scurrying to the next session. I heard claim and counter-claim. Professionals mocking the work of others whilst suggesting there is the best or better. It was beginning to feel like a small soap opera with the sub plots appearing everywhere.
Politicians sparred. Gurus strutted. Flesh was pressed and OFSTED flattered.
So what am I going to do:-
- Focus on developing local networks where teachers are able to help each other
- Encourage more people to learn from each other by talking about what they do
- Remember to keep things simple.
- Stay focused on helping teachers get better at what they do in the classroom ……