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Coasting schools: will they really help to raise standards?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by TES_Rosaline, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member


    What are your views on the Government’s new measure to drive up standards in schools that have been labelled as ‘coasting’ and turn them into academies?

    Are the benchmarks for primary schools fair? Will this add more pressure to an over-stretched and stressful teaching workforce? Will the Government’s plan to provide extra support for ‘coasting’ schools really help to stretch the brightest pupils and help them reach their full potential?
  2. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Causing more stress will make some good/great teachers quit. This can only be bad for students. Why should results improve each year? Are each new year's crop of babies brighter than the last? Or are teachers just getting more used to 'teaching to the test'-following the rules to make things look better?

    Let's think back to before schools had all this scrutiny. Teachers generally left at around 4-maybe with piles of marking, but not with piles of data paperwork. There wasn't the same amount of stress in teaching;many mums-and some dads- took the job because it was genuinely family friendly, and they loved helping children, not juggling paper. It wasn't abnormal for a teacher to spend many years in the same school. Lots of the teachers in any given school would know practically all the children (and sometimes his/her parents/grandparents) very well. For all our pretty policies, most schools today don't have that. Teachers were respected and trusted-many parents then would have been horrified about the idea of some inspector looking over Mrs S's shoulder.

    I won't pretend there were no lazy teachers, but even today I'm sure we've all heard stories about S who only doe sthings properly when s/he knows an observation's coming.

    And most children left primary school literate with a love of reading-not a hatred of phonics!

    So more meddling is not likely to help anyone (except maybe create fat paychecks for someone working in an office who can afford to send his/her children to private school whenthe last good teacher is forced out of the local state school).

    ROSIEGIRL Lead commenter

  4. thehawk

    thehawk Occasional commenter

    So the definition of coasting at primary level is less than 85% of pupils reaching level 4 for three successive years. I thought that there was no level 4 after this year.
  5. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

  6. thehawk

    thehawk Occasional commenter

    I like the fact the the school commissioners will have a maximum staffing of seven, so clearly not expecting too heavy a workload then.

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