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Leadership Issues, System Change

My Blog Manifesto

This post is merely a way to highlight the posts on my blog that, collectively, might represent a manifesto for change:

1. Reforming our Qualifications and Assessment Framework to provide a unifying, inclusive umbrella for the achievements of all learners: Towards a Proper English Bacc

The Headteachers' Roundtable Bacc Framework

The Headteachers’ Roundtable Bacc Framework

This is connected to developing more intelligent and sophisticated assessment processes:

See Data Delusion, Data Delusion Solutions

With apologies to Richard Dawkins...

With apologies to Richard Dawkins…

I have also collected posts and added some specific recommendations on reforming examinations: Exam Reform: Another Blog Manifesto

2. Reforming our Accountability system so that schools and teachers are known, not measured by narrow data sets and inadequate drop-in inspections: Accountability We Can Trust

A bold claim....

A bold claim….

This links to developing intelligent longitudinal methods of evaluating the quality of teaching and learning:

Departmental Review: work in progress.

Departmental Review: work in progress.

3. Raising standards by directing policy and resources at the aspects of schooling that make the greatest difference rather than obsessing about the curriculum and deriding progressive teaching methods:  Improving pedagogical practice and Early Years Literacy. Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar: Ambition and Technique

Raising the Bar: Ambition and Technique

This is linked to promoting higher aspirations across our schools. The Anatomy of High Expectations

What do High Expectations for able learners look like?

What do High Expectations for able learners look like?

4. Raising the level of trust and trust-worthiness in the system:  Building a Trust Culture, It’s not all hugs tackles this from one angle, and ‘From Plantation Thinking to Rainforest Thinking’ tackles it from another.

The lush rainforest; diverse, unpredictable, evolving, daunting, exciting.

The lush rainforest; diverse, unpredictable, evolving, daunting, exciting.

5. Moving away from dichotomised discourse as described in  A New Currency of Educational Discourse

Time for a new currency.....

Time for a new currency…..

And looking more closely at effective pedagogy and leadership:

a) Teaching Great Lessons: as highlighted at a recent presentation at the Wellington Education Festival

b) Creating the Conditions for Great Teachers to Thrive.

c) Leading with vision and purpose: Getting the Scale Right; Attitudes before Systems  and Can you feel the force? A leadership model

Magnets 2

Strong leadership with strong automous individuals..

d) Embracing the best of contemporary thinking on teaching and learning:  Leading 21st C Learning

Dylan Wiliam and John Hattie both emphasise teacher development as the key

Dylan Wiliam and John Hattie both emphasise teacher development as the key

and embracing a research-engaged philosophy for CPD: Educational Lab-Rats and Research as CPD: CPD as Research 

Discussion

3 thoughts on “My Blog Manifesto

  1. The General Election is only 2 years away and I don’t think we have an Education Party in the UK, though someone in the US has suggested one (with a bit of tongue-in-cheek, but humour often hides elements of the truth … ): http://www.principalspage.com/theblog/archives/the-education-party . Tell me if you want any help with campaign planning. :)

    Posted by behrfacts | July 10, 2013, 7:12 am

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