Category Archives: Teachers

‘The Reformer knows best’

A lot of policy borrowing has occurred between England and the USA, like a game of leapfrog in which each set of policymakers takes surveillance and privatisation a step further. We can however also learn from research into its impact and from … Continue reading

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Former Chief Inspector says ‘Trust the teachers’

Sir David Bell has been chief education officer for Newcastle, head of Ofsted, and permanent secretary at the Department of Education. He is now Vice Chancellor of Reading University. His views are difficult for politicians to shrug off. In a Radio 4 interview … Continue reading

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Teachers wrestling with educational policy shifts

by Linda Hammersley-Fletcher Pressures for educational reform to build an economically competitive edge are being experienced on a global scale (Bush, 2011). Alongside this, the global financial crisis has resulted in measures to bring public spending under control. Moutsios (2007) … Continue reading

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Why we need teachers who are fully qualified

by Jon Berry In 1981, Brian Simon wrote a short but highly influential article entitled Why no pedagogy in England? In it he expressed concern about the way in which England’s teachers were being trained and prepared for the classroom. … Continue reading

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Standing up for teacher education

by Nadia Edmond       (work in progress) Standing up for Education includes standing up for teacher education: Why HE is a vital partner in teacher professional formation and development.  How policy is undermining the role of HE It … Continue reading

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‘Feedback’, the Toolkit and teachers’ workload

by Terry Wrigley.    [Work in progress] England’s schools are governed by a unique mix of surveillance and numerical performance indicators. Statistical calculations compare achievement and schools, often unfairly, while teachers are kept in a permanent state of anxiety by … Continue reading

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How did we get into this state?

by Jon Berry    It is a common complaint heard from all teachers in all sectors: if only we could be left to get on with the enjoyable, if exhausting and occasionally infuriating, job of teaching children and not have … Continue reading

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Making the case for a new democratic professionalism

This is a copy of a chapter I co-wrote (with Alison Gilliland of INTO) for a book coming out next year, called ‘Flip the System: The Alternative’ or somesuch.  It is being edited by two teachers from the Netherlands who … Continue reading

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