Education seems to have developed a new trend, one where a new idea, craze or theory is quickly adopted only for it to be ditched with almost the same speed as it was introduced. Are you confused by all the changes? Stephen Petty looks at this latest worrying development in education and the implications for teachers: ‘No fewer than 18 educational items have been recommended for “ditching” in Tes online headlines in 18 months. Namely: attendance rewards (the latest, at the time of writing), differentiation, marking, homework, the three-part lesson, Ofsted, Ofsted grading, revision acronyms, education jargon, PowerPoints, stationery, holiday homework, SMART targets, golden time, whiteboards, boy-friendly approaches, “hero-headteachers” and uniform. The list doesn’t even include all the other items that educational voices have claimed should be “scrapped” or “axed”.’ Stephen Petty is head of humanities at Lord Williams's School in Thame, Oxfordshire. What do you think about the constantly changing ideas in education?