This article is late, things have been busier than ever here at Zobotics.
However, I couldn’t let this go without comment.
Ofsted have announced that they will be changing the way that they assess schools. Whoop Whoop!!
From the gov.uk website:
“focus will be on the substance of education and a broad curriculum”
Wow. Just WOW! Really?? They are going to now assess schools on the substance of their education????!!!!
Unbelievable, what a novel concept.
I apologise for the sarcasm, but its one of those things which a lot of educators have been talking about for a loooooong loooong time and finally, it feels like ofsted are starting to understand education.
Amanda Spielman goes on to say: “For a long time, our inspections have looked hardest at outcomes, placing too much weight on test and exam results”
YES!! Its true! Real education, real knowledge cannot be measured through exams alone.
When I think back to my school days, me and my friends were all too aware of this. We were all so different, we were smart in different ways and knew what to do in different situations. This is true for children and adults alike – how unfair is it to label everyone with a grade from the same exam?
Written exams in particular are flawed – I know because I knew how to get straight A’s. Study enough mark schemes and it becomes very clear what to write for each question. But this takes time and only a handful of children will put in the necessary time to do this, because most children would rather be playing, reading or baking or making something. In other words most children would rather be learning in their own way then sitting and studying for an exam. And rightfully so – why do we force them to sit in schools for countless hours and days to simply learn to pass exams?
And then it gets better:
“I don’t know a single teacher who went into teaching to get the perfect progress eight score. They go into it because they love what they teach and want children to love it too”
Translation: “After speaking to teachers, I discovered that they are human beings too”. I think that deserves a round of applause.
I could go on, but I won’t.
I am however, extremely happy, that finally Ofsted appear to be getting the message…but I will hold my breath to see how this works out…