1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded education professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice

Tough new "world class" school performance targets achievable with right investment, say heads

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Not sure that there really is any evidence that the use of technology has improved educational outcomes.

    There is also the issue of addiction to technology.

    Having said that when used appropriately it has a place, but not convinced that it is used appropriately very often.
  3. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Put this in the wrong place!
  4. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    That word "tough" (when applied to school targets or examinations themselves) again...

    Russell Hobby ought to know that the mere setting of increasingly "tough" targets doesn't make children better educated. And he should SAY SO.
    wanet and minnie me like this.
  5. Benbamboo

    Benbamboo Occasional commenter

    At least this isn't something else that will be 'robust'.

    There is still the issue to be resolved about the purpose of education - do we want to look shiny and clever to the rest of the world with high exam pass rates and good grades across the board, or do we want to educate a future workforce capable of meeting the changing demands of our economy? They don't go hand in hand so the question has to be asked - how will making tests harder/expect more children to pass with higher marks be beneficial for the country and those children in the long run?

    The thread running concurrently to this about the grammar tests in year 6 is relevant here. If raising expectations means a further 30% of children can accurately use and identify the past progressive form of a verb, and importantly know that they have used the past progressive form of the verb, is that beneficial? Will it have an impact on their future attainment? Does the coverage of the curriculum support the aims of the education process as a whole?

    Raising expectations is pointless is the expected knowledge is irrelevant.
    phlogiston, chelsea2 and wanet like this.
  6. Benbamboo

    Benbamboo Occasional commenter

    Most standards are achievable if you give the right support and funding, if by standards you mean passing tests - it's amazing what they've trained monkeys to do, if we treated children the same we could achieve amazing results..
  7. darklord11

    darklord11 Occasional commenter

    Of course the tough targets will be achievable, they will just lower the pass mark as the have for the last thirty years with GCSE's . Then they can pat themselves on their backs telling each other what a wonderful job they have done.
    wanet likes this.
  8. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    I thought they already had!
  9. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Man's a clown

    I wouldn't waste time discussing his ideas
  10. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    To improve grades means changing something from the way it is and investing.
    Rather than blindly investing in the latest technology though we need:
    Clear well publicised research into what approaches work best
    Teachers to have proper training, thinking time and planning time.
    Making sure that the curriculum is sufficiently interesting to engage children and make them want to learn
    Making sure that the curriculum is fit for all abilities - the potential Oxbridge candidate may need a different curriculum to the foetal alcohol syndrome kid.
    Sufficient learning resources to enable proper use of them (so that you don't send kids wandering around the department to find who's got the texts).
    Investment in support for technology. Providing an IT room is no use if half the computers have no mice, some of the rest have missing leads or missing keys on the keyboard.

    The school I know best certainly needs some investment.
  11. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    Right investment?
    Heads pay packets?
    More OBEs. Other bodies efforts...


    applecrumblebumble likes this.
  12. applecrumblebumble

    applecrumblebumble Lead commenter

    Agree with you Yoda, just another way to 'get more resources' increasing schools budget. Difficult to give a head a nice big pay rise with budgets running so tight this year and next and when potentially teachers could be made redundant.

Share This Page