7. emphasise the necessity of inquiry, questioning and experimentation in all areas of the curriculum, and enhance the professionalism and accountability of teachers. It would reduce curricular prescription and overload. It would encourage and enable teachers to devise their own routes to agreed goals and call them to account on the basis of how effectively they achieve them, rather than on the fine detail of their methodology. 212.
The amount of compulsory recording currently required of teachers is considerable. The DfEE has started to address this issue in the report ÔReducing BureaucracyÕ and asked the QCA to produce guidance to schools on the recording of assessment information. TeachersÕ own diligence makes the recording of assessment data an even heavier load to bear. The teaching profession feels that it is sometimes the amount of assessment and recording that causes subjects to crystallise as separate entities, rather than the structure of the National Curriculum. In our view, teacher judgements should be trusted without having to show every detail of their workings. Confident teachers should then be allowed to take creative risks, without adding to the burden of other teachers.
Teachers are caught up in a culture of diligence. The recording of assessment data has become a burden because teachers do it so well. Carol Adams, Chief Education Officer, Shropshire County Education Office
School Inspection 213.
The national system of school inspection is an essential element of national educational provision. It makes fundamental contributions to the processes of: · Public Accountability: to ensure that the enormous national investment in education is effective and gives value for money. · Transparency: to ensure that politicians and administrators; teachers, head teachers and governors; pupils and students; parents and guardians; local communities and the nation at large know the state of the education service, its strengths and weaknesses and what needs to be done to improve shortcomings and promote good practice. The inspection system influences what schools do and how they do it. This happens as a result of what and how it inspects; on what and to whom it reports; and what happens as a result. In a very short time, OFSTED has established an effective national system of school inspection that has Raising Standards
Published on Mar 30, 2012
Published on Mar 30, 2012
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