The OECD attack initiative overload in the British education system

August 29, 2008 11:55 AM

Politicians don't have the experience or length of time in office to really try and run the education system effectively.  In an attempt to look like they have some control they churn out initiative after initiative.  Schools and children pay the price:

"The sheer number of initiatives and programmes and the speed at which schools are expected to implement them may be counterproductive."


"True improvement results from a balance of making best use of innovative ideas and concepts on the one hand and maintaining proven ones on the other."


John Dunford has been General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, believes it would be better to chart the progress of the national education system by taking a sample of schools instead of testing each individual child.


“The testing system in this country is seriously overloaded,” he said. “Widespread testing means that teachers teach to the test and so the results are unreliable."

Politicians don't have the experience or length of time in office to really try and run the education system effectively.  In an attempt to look like they have some control they churn out initiative after initiative.  Schools and children pay the price:

"The sheer number of initiatives and programmes and the speed at which schools are expected to implement them may be counterproductive."


"True improvement results from a balance of making best use of innovative ideas and concepts on the one hand and maintaining proven ones on the other."


John Dunford has been General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, believes it would be better to chart the progress of the national education system by taking a sample of schools instead of testing each individual child.


“The testing system in this country is seriously overloaded,” he said. “Widespread testing means that teachers teach to the test and so the results are unreliable."

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