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Wilshaw: teachers exhausted by 'one-size-fits-all' comprehensives

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

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

  2. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    "Teenagers who fail to gain at least a C grade in their English and maths GCSEs "make little or no progress" in college two years later."

    I wonder why?
  3. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    "Teachers are exhausted because they have to do too many things"
    Is it the comprehensive system or Ofsted which has created all these things teachers suddenly have to do?
  4. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Goodness me - the Tories' Education Destroyer disses comprehensives. And blames teacher exhaustion on the comprehensive system, rather than wave after wave of demands from successive governments and Ofsted.

    Who could have seen that coming?
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  5. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    And I enjoy teaching a "High flying" sixth year one lesson and a low ability set of juniors the next. I'm good at it too. Very few teachers lament the time the spend teaching children and young people. What they complain about is stupid paperwork, marking policies and a lack of support over discipline.
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  6. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    It was never the jumping from year 13 to year 7 that did me in! That was an enjoyable mental leap (depending on the year 7s).
    Playground duty was a bit of a faff, but usually only unpleasant in the rain.
    Most of know (from our experiences at the foot of the stairs) that less able students find it harder to hit their targets than the high fliers.
    Now if we segregate children according to abilty, will it be harder or easier to find teachers (and school leaders who wish to remain so) for the less able?
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  7. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    Sir Michael Wilshaws OFSTED is the main cause of exhaustion in schools.

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  8. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    My reaction as well everyone.
    It's a pity he won't be reading these comments. But then that might just be suggesting that teachers have experience of schools:eek:
  9. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    "But by joining academy trusts, nurseries, primaries, secondaries and post-16 institutions could work more closely together and, as a consequence, allow teachers to specialise and develop professionally, Sir Michael will argue."

    We used to have an organisation which supported us in doing this. They were called Local Education Authorities. I did specialise - I taught 11-18.

    "He will also warn that the “one-size-fits-all” education system on offer to less academic students at 16 is "inadequate at best and non-existent at worst". "

    Remind me, who has made academic exam grades the be- all-and-end-all of education.
    And my experience is that it was under the academy system that I saw the reduction (and denigration) of special needs provision - to the minimum possible without (though sometimes, I think) breaking the law.
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  10. applecrumblebumble

    applecrumblebumble Lead commenter

    I despair how much influence OFSTED has over educational policy. Do you hear of the other 'OF-----' organisations telling businesses how they should be running their companies. When was the last time you saw OFCOM telling media companies to give better service etc. OFSTED has too much to say about everything education.
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  11. PaulDG

    PaulDG Occasional commenter

    He's an easy Demon.

    But, under his leadership, Ofsted has become a lot less prescriptive and far less demanding.

    Ofsted explicitly state that many of the things SLT demand of teachers are not required by them.

    It's not all his fault.
  12. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Of course it's not. He is, however, a dreadful hypocrite and government lackey and his comments in this article are merely a puff for academisation.
  13. pixiewixiepixie

    pixiewixiepixie Occasional commenter

    "And I enjoy teaching a "High flying" sixth year one lesson and a low ability set of juniors the next. I'm good at it too. Very few teachers lament the time the spend teaching children and young people. What they complain about is stupid paperwork, marking policies and a lack of support over discipline."

    I was going to post, but then this summed it all up nicely. It also sums up the main reasons why I went from being a constantly stressed out and exhausted Head of Maths three years ago in a school rated by OFSTED as 'Outstanding' but was in truth anything but (I could spill all the beans about how we pulled the wool over OFSTED's eyes, but won't) - to a very happy, relaxed, content and equally well-paid Maths supply teacher, at one with the world.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2016
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  14. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

    Some Ofsted inspectors haven't been on message though. 40% I tihmk were sacked - after doing goodness knows what damage and ruining who knows how many careers.

    Unfortunately the damage was done years ago, the problem is so widespread that Ofsted are surely now - and have been for a very long time - not fit for purpose. Schools are doing all manner of crazy things because they think Ofsted needs to see it. No amount of comment from Ofsted seems to have changed this and if anything it's getting worse.
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  15. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Wiltshaw's comments beggar belief from those who actually know what he is talking about. He is doing the usual OFSTED govt. sound-bite that was always intended to be their job.

    So there you have it. After eliminating LEA's, comprehensives are next on the menu for the Nasty party.
  16. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Wilshaw raves about academies - which is ironic, since they ARE all exactly the same.

    I visit such schools regularly as part of the consultancy work i do and I'm stunned by how samey they all are.
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  17. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

    I find it striking that nobody has picked up on the wholly anachronistic reference to "comprehensive schools" at the heart of Mr Wilshaw's comments.

    My reading of English state education (and my often painful experience thereof too) would suggest that this form of organisation was common, though by no means universal, roughly between 1964 and 1976; though I admit that I speak from memory and that I have not consulted Wiki on the matter.

    Why go on about this failed experiment now as though it were the current leitmotif?
  18. drek

    drek Star commenter

    Agree with everyone. I imagine he does not want to lose the funding that sacking 1200 inspectors will incur. He is coming up with an idea to 'earn' it back I imagine. Ofsted and its interference is all about money. This is the problem they say, then claim to be the experts who can resolve it! Basic Alan Sugar, Dragon's den philosophy.
  19. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    I have some woeful examples of academy chains taking over schools e.g. different parts of the country, different types of area, significant difference re students (I don't mean ability here) and imposing the corporate strategy with laughable and sometimes dangerous results.
    Sadly to give the examples I'm thinking of might identify the schools.

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