If 9w is the answer, what is the question?
Managed transitions, seamlessness, multiple pathways and partnerships - words that will drive us in education.
What we have now with segmented sectors has not worked.
Stuart posed a number of questions for discussion -:
If there is compelling evidence that all children can succeed why do so many fail?
- not all the same
- no purpose/relevance
- what else is going on their lives
- low expectations
- what is success? Define success?
- pace of change
- opportunities not provided - pigeonholed
- factory model
Define success? That is the key - a student that can leave, able to go onto the next level of success.
Check out Sir Kenneth Baker -
Higher education and vocational training - the Edge Foundation http://www.edge.co.uk/news/2010/mar/the-rt-hon-lord-baker-becomes-chair-of-edge
If schooling is about children, then why is it organised for the convenience of adults?
- questions around the training of teachers and how teachers - Faculties of Education - focus on research
- 'there is enough research out there to get us out of the deepest cavern'
How can we better utilise the expertise of a collective group of teachers - team teach - share the skills.
What is the significance of birthdays and Xmas holidays in the cognitive and physical development of students?
- historical social promotion
- gaps in achievement due to gap in the school year
- we pop kids into container loads of age groups
If leadership is so important then why are teachers fighting against the Investing in Educational Success?
- workload of DPs and APs when Principals are 'out of schools'
- how are clusters formed
- research around who is top quality?
- what makes a successful principal?
- is it best use of resources
If managing transitions is important then why aren't we?
- day visits not enough
- cluster have a role to play
What's so wrong with schools that so many want out?
- have we ever asked the kids?
- too long
- relationship with school and teachers
- not necessarily to do with school per se
- the poverty gap
If teamwork is so important then why do so many teachers work alone?
- more collaboration than 10yrs ago
- if forced into teams by SLT - then yes
- some choose to be isolated or independently
If it is so important for young people to manage their learning then why do do many opt out?
- self management needs to be taught
- not either or - not enough opportunity for students to be self managing
Check out - Alfriston College - self managing learning