Schoolzone: Educational Excellence Everyhere: teachers' responses

Education white paper - teachers' responses


18 April 2016

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We heard a lot of grumbling from the teacher union conferences over the Easter weekend about the proposals in the white paper, so we decided to ask teachers in a completely unbiased way, what they thought of the 20 biggest proposals – we simply asked them how strongly they agreed with each. Over 600 responded overnight. Here’s what they said.

The biggest objection from the unions was to the idea that all schools should be forced to become academies and sure enough, Schoolzone teachers were also strongly against, with three quarters strongly disagreeing. Only 7% were at all in agreement.

We also asked them about:

  • The introduction of an improvement period following a whole school intervention
  • Removing the separate graded Ofsted judgments on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • the removal of the requirement for elected parent governors
  • The idea of a new ITT accreditation process that puts headteachers in charge of accrediting new teachers
  • the growth of school-based ITT provision
  • The new College of Teaching
  • The introduction of a new National Teaching Service
  • The proposal for a free jobs listing service
  • A new multiplication tables check for Y6 pupils
  • Y7 re-sits for SATs
  • 90% of pupils in mainstream secondary schools will enter the EBacc
  • NPQs for each level of leadership
  • A new Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development
  • Expansion of the provision of TSAs and NLEs
  • Expansion in the number of multi-academy trusts
  • The DfE’s expectation that schools will form or join multi-academy trusts
  • Chairs of MAT boards could be paid
  • The publication of performance tables for MATs
  • Read the full report from this survey
  • See also a summary of the major changes

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