Does change = progress?

David Pierce's picture
After almost 40 years teaching in state schools plus 14 years as a parent of a state school pupil I have seen many attempts to 'raise standards' by changing school structures and endless curriculum changes which have made historical comparisons meaningless. For the last 20 odd years we have had exam statistics as a measure of political success and the highly improbable 'improvement' in results year after year.
What schools need is an end to political interference, fair funding for all , local cooperation and an end to gimmicks (specialisms, academies, free schools....)
so that teachers can concentrate on the job they want to do without constantly looking over their shoulders.
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