Are there too many ‘quick wins’ in teaching?

There are some teachers who talk too much without causing their pupils to think hard enough that they learn anything. What’s the solution? 1) Swiftly limit the teacher’s poor-quality talk to 5 minutes and suggest that students get on with their own work...

The Coherence of Scottish Education

The Scottish education system has sometimes been criticised as being too consensual and lacking in urgency. However, coming from the aggressively partisan, political and relentlessly changing world of English education there were elements of today’s visit to the...

Beyond lesson observation grades?

Mary Myatt is a lead inspector for Ofsted, adviser, writer and trainer who blogs at MaryMyatt.com. She kindly agreed to write this blog for us after appearing at a panel at a joint Teach First & Teacher Development Trust event on Lesson Observation. You can see...

Teacher re-licensing: pros and cons

The latest proposal by Tristram Hunt, that all teachers should be required to relicense every 5 to 10 years, is an interesting one. I could happily blog about people’s reactions which have themselves been fascinating, but I’d like to look at the idea...