I’ve recently inherited a new pupil, and have spent some time today trawling through the books they brought with them from their old school to see what they’ve covered in various topics. Now, this might be horribly unfair, but I can’t help wondering what on earth the school thought they were doing... The poor teacher has followed ALL the advice - WALT, WILF, LO and Personal Targets on sticky labels, three colours of highlighter, Cold Tasks, Hot Tasks, Know-Want-Learn grids, Word of the Week sheets (but there are only a few, and same word appears four times...) and the child reflecting on their learning most lessons by writing three sentences (“I fort I tryd hard to ignor pepul how wer mesing arowned”) and blank Teacher Assessment grids stuck in at the back. There’s very little work that’s not a worksheet from a well-known educational resource website, and any writing the kid has done is largely uncorrected, apart from two-stars-and-a-wish, with spellings like “poot” or “janury” unremarked upon. Presumably the teacher had little time left to mark after printing all those sticky labels and worksheets... I just feel a sense of terrible despair... Is this really what education looks like today? A subscription to a worksheet website and a few coloured pens - and that’s teaching? No wonder the kid knows next to nothing - no spelling rules, no times-tables, no punctuation of speech... If you wanted to design an education system where everything except actual teaching went on, this would be it. If only they’d been in my class since September, I find myself thinking, if only... And yet I know this is what I am being gently steered towards in my own school. I’ve never had pupils put LOs in books (titles are kept brief so we can get on with the lesson!) but they ask me to, and we have all been given a subscription to that educational resource website, and now hot and cold tasks are creeping in, plus annotating whether it’s guided, supported or independent... I can’t help thinking that most of it is a complete waste of time! Has the world gone completely bonkers?