Ofsted’s new mission – to get rid of boring teachers

This is ridiculous. It should not need saying:

Ofsted is to launch a crackdown on “boring” teaching in response to concerns that children’s behaviour is deteriorating because they are not being stimulated enough in class.

The inspectorate’s latest annual report, published in November, warned of “pedestrian” teaching in primary schools, and said pupils in secondary schools were too often set tasks that are not demanding enough of them.

Gilbert said: “People divorce teaching from behaviour. I think they are really, really linked and I think students behave much better if the teaching is good, they are engaged in what they are doing and it’s appropriate to them. Then they’ve not got lost five minutes into the lessons and therefore started mucking around. Behaviour in our schools is generally very good. But there’s what I would describe as low-level disruption where children are bored and not motivated, so they start to use their abilities for other ends. That then can lead to other children being distracted in lessons and so on.”

via Ofsted’s new mission – to get rid of boring teachers | Education | The Guardian .

The answer to boring teaching and bad behaviour will not be found in further attempts to whip teachers into running through deep treacle. It will be found in responsible freedom.

Honestly, it makes me want to do this:

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