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Listen to the teachers
Very interesting report in the TES this morning ( Friday 22nd April) indicating that fewer than 1 in 10 teachers think that Government school reforms will improve the education of the disadvantaged. The survey, commissioned by the Sutton Trust, canvassed the opinion of 2,199 teachers.
Gove has repeatedly claimed that his reforms will mean schools will become ‘engines of social mobility’ but two thirds of the teachers believe free schools will in fact lead to greater social segregation and 59% agree that already privileged pupils are the most likely to benefit from their schools being given academy status.
According to Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, ’Teachers are not only knowledgeable about what is likely to work but they are also the key players in implementing Government reforms and the fact that less than 10 percent think they will improve outcomes for less privileged children is very serious.’
More than half the teachers asked thought that the pupil premium needed to increase significantly to have a real impact; only 27% thought that academy freedoms would improve pupil achievement.
So when will the government listen to those who know best, and will they do so before it is too late? Current government policy is shaping up to be a chaotic, fragmented disaster.