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teaching personally

I’m sure that Geoff Barton is a thoroughly decent man and deeply committed to his work as head teacher. I came across his latest blog post here. I want to cut to one short phrase within it, which gets used far too often, but which means nothing.

“… the quality of teaching will not have improved.”

As he is referring to time under the current Secretary of State, Mr. Barton is presumably discussing the state of the nation as a whole. Just what is this thing, “The quality of teaching”? There is no such thing in any national, measurable sense, such that we can ever tell whether it has improved or not. I’m afraid this is more smoke and mirrors, one of the worst abuses of the bean-counter’s charter, and it pops up all over the place – so I’m not having a personal dig at Mr. Barton.

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