I am now getting towards the end of my lifelong involvement with teaching and learning and have watched the wheel turn over and over. I have watched dedicated teachers sink under a mess of targets and tests and have witnessed the destruction of freedoms of learning and creativity at the altar of PISA. I have watched so called maths and English take over the curriculum of the youngest and have seen the resolve of dedicated people slowly and remorselessly eroded until they ‘do it because they have to’. Few have managed to swim against the tide of assessment’s needs.
And today I read that it is to continue in this new parliament … http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-33283498
To see what could be done with a different viewpoint just bathe in the clarity that design and thought could bring to young children’s lives … where would you like your child to be educated?