More power to teachers

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Former education mandarin Sir David Bell, states that school ministers must stop re-writing the curriculum and allow more power to teachers in order to improve. 

Sir David Bell believes ministers should be stripped of all their key decision making powers on schools, thus giving teachers more of a say on the curriculum. The Former top official in the education department labelled it ‘ridiculous’ that Members of Parliament with no teaching experience are setting the UK’s curriculum.

The Independent reports that Sir David is expected to put forth his opinions in a speech on Friday 9th January outlining that political interference through certain key polices is damaging the UK’s schools. “We must end this ridiculous situation where some ministers feel compelled to sit in their offices drafting maths and science curricula, particularly if they have never taught a class of children in their life.” This speech will also state how he feels that the education system now echoes that of the 1950s, with sixth form students passing and failing on the basis of one exam.

The former top official stated that real savings in the sector would only be made by “Whitehall stepping back and not needing to fund frequent changes of policy or direction” claiming that politics are “blunt instruments guiding a complex system.”

Is the only way to improve this by giving more power to the people who know the system and understand how children learn? Or do you feel the education system is being well maintained? Share your views with the eteach community.

One thought on “More power to teachers

  1. I totally agree that the days of government micro managing every aspect of education should be consigned to history. In any event nowadays most policy makers in government have little if any worthwhile experience of the modern state sector. It seems like they are trying constantly to reinvent some imagined ‘golden age of education’ from the past which quite often leads them to placing disproportionate high value on teaching obsolete skills.

    My only concern is that most serving teachers (unless they are old like me !) have little recollection of what it was like to be able to exercise any real professional judgement about curriculum, teaching or anything else. Sadly they have been brought up in a ‘government knows best’ system.

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