I began hyperventilating at yesterday’s news that this government want those who ‘failed’ their SATs in year 6 to retake in year 7.
Then there was some posh bloke off the telly in TES writing about how resits weren’t the answer but back yearing and secondary moderns were and I began hyperventilating again.
Then came the teachers’ blogs – it was like seeing the army appearing over the brow of the hill, I kind of fist punched as I saw them filter through Twitter. These blogs ooze experience and I wanted to keep them in one place – an archive of sensibility if you like.
Anyway here they are in no particular order:
1. A caustic look at how Nicky Morgan and her crew came up with the idea.
2. Debra is one of my favourite bloggers and this is why.
3. Sums up what the majority of teachers think.
4. Another favourite blogger of mine and, actually, a dear friend despite never having met (I know, Twitter is a funny place). Nancy writes about how we are trying to eradicate failure; from Downs Syndrome (Nancy’s eldest has DS) to zero tolerance on failing tests. It’s a powerful blog.
5. On students achieving their own potential (this does not mean low expectations by the way).
6. A parent asking good questions.
7. Some people when they’re cross just bluster and go purple (me) others write something so bloomin marvellous it almost hurts to read it.
8. The view from FE and who this will affect and how.
9. A very honest blog describing how, at 11, this student needed to hear what he was capable of, not what he had failed at.
10. Not a teacher but an economist – very wise words and a thought provoking read.
And this storify from @itsmotherswork retells Twitter action when the story broke.
Please let me know if anymore.