Daring to rock the boat

One of the most marvellous things about the explosion in teacher blogs is that ideas which were previously “sacred cows” are now being challenged. What is even more fantastic is when you see a member of SLT challenge his fellow leaders to depart from an orthodoxy – namely that observed lessons must be graded (or broken down and subgraded) and entered on a spreadsheet to enable the head teacher to grade the quality of teaching in a school.

http://headguruteacher.com/2015/11/28/the-delusional-voodoo-of-grading-lessons-has-got-to-stop/

I have never approved of grading lessons or having my lessons graded, but I tried to put myself in the position of the head and used to have some sympathy for SLTs who said  “Ofsted ask us to grade the quality of teaching in our schools, so how can we do this unless we have a spreadsheet of grades for lessons or aspects of teaching?” But the post points out that it doesn’t have to be like that – teaching is not an exact science and cannot be reduced to numbers on a spreadsheet.

Tom Sherrington  deserves a round of applause.

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