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Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Oct 30, 2019.
Shame that isn’t working for Brexit....
Some of the workload is a direct result of parent choice. Where once a student with complex needs would have 1 to 1 support in small groups from trained specialists in a special needs achool, now that same child is placed in mainstreaam and teachers have to provide a constant stream of evidence for around 10 such students in groups of 30, wirh or without an LSA. The LSAs try their best when they can be in lessons. But its haphazard and these students are often left to their own devices which leaves their teachers feeling stressed and guilty, but move on to the next such group hour after hour in an endless week...they must............as yoda would say!
Lets not talk about parent choice when it comes to behaviour!
We'd never know when to stop...... the conversations I've had to have with difficult parents this week alone could fill a book!
I watched a lesson observation during an OFSTED inspection.
The young teacher had colour coded lollipop sticks with questions sellotaped to the sticks. Different colours denoted different difficulty.
She also had another set of lollipop sticks, also colour coded, with the name of every student in the class. The different colours denoted the "ability" of that student.
The idea was that she could pick a student of a colour and match a question to the "ability" of that student.
The questions were specific to the lesson at hand.
She spent at least 15 minutes getting the class to define what the success criteria for the lesson was.
She then went to every student in the class to measure, with a ruler, a rectangle of a particular size in which the students would write their name.
She would speak for a few minutes and then ask the class to do a pre-prepared quiz to test their understanding of the last few minutes. Peer marking ensued, suggestions on how to improve answers were written on every paper, progress noted in a pre-prepared spreadsheet.
I asked her how long it had taken to prepare the lesson. 4 hours. I suspect that it was longer than that.
My observation was that there was lots of lesson, not much learning.
OFSTED observation was that it was a perfect lesson.
If teachers' perfect lesson (according to Ofsted) takes 4 hours to prepare, perhaps Ofsted are being too demanding!
Sometimes that is not parent choice but funding reality. As one parent put it to me, the LA are looking for the cheapest option that will just about do. Therefore a place in a mainstream school, perhaps with the occasional few hours of support from a shared TA, is what is offered to some students with extremely complex learning needs. Of course, some parents do want their children to attend mainstream school when that might not be the best option - but these days it's often the only choice available.
Dfe speak......parent choice, complex needs, outstanding........