DfE History Consultation

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This little post is a brief summary of my experiences as part of the panel that was consulted on the new History Curriculum. I know this seems like an odd way to start a post, but I want to make it clear that this was a fair while ago. If I asked you to tell me what you did on a given day in March 2013, you would appreciate the difficulty of recalling it. As such, I don’t want to go into much detail, partly because I can’t remember the details, and partly because I don’t want to attribute standpoints or statements to people erroneously.

I hope anyone remotely interested in this can still salvage some interest from my hazy recollections.

Last year, I attended both sessions and I found them to be interesting discussions, positive in their mood and very much what you would want from a roundtable –…

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OFSTED, Raiseonline and inspection- where to next?

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After a few days of reflection and some interesting DM exchanges with @teachertoolkit I thought I would put some ideas together.
Firstly, I think it is to be applauded that OFSTED are reaching out – Mike Cladingbowl has been instrumental in this and I hope it continues.
The conversation I was part of on Friday was interesting as there was talk of Raiseonline requiring development – which is surely a good thing… Isn’t it?
Well yes, as long as it is clear who is developing it and for what audience- if development means additional, repetition of charts then maybe not?
If a document is clear – then you shouldn’t need, or there be a place in the market for, companies who interpret your Raiseonline summary report – yet there are, which surely says something. (It does and don’t call me Shirley”
Inspection is another point – it has few cheerleaders…

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Education, Accountability, Ofsted


The changes to school inspections recently announced by Mr Wilshaw are very important, in my opinion*. I don’t know if they go far enough, but they are very welcome (especially phasing out Additional Inspectors, and significantly increasing the number of HMIs). Schools and teachers have been under a prolonged period (many years) of unhelpful pressure from the politicians. Teaching is not an easy job under the best of circumstances, requiring hard work and bags and bags of commitment. Over the last five years (at least) that pressure has been so intense that many good teachers have left the profession. How did we get to this position?

Education is very important. We want the best possible education for our children, and so does the Government (on balance, I think this is true). It matters a lot to people, and everyone is a stakeholder; therefore, it must (and does) matter to politicians…

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