ARGUS COMMENT: Time to stop education changes?

South Wales Argus: ARGUS COMMENT: Time to stop education changes? ARGUS COMMENT: Time to stop education changes?

ANOTHER day, another review into some aspect of education in Wales.

Yesterday, it was a fact-finding review into the English GCSE debacle, today it is an 'historic' review of what children are taught in Wales which will lead to the first substantial departure from the 1988 National Curriculum.

We have to say this fills us with some dread.

One of the biggest problems of education in Wales, and there are several, is that it is never left alone.

It is constantly being tweaked and meddled with.

We have had successive education ministers talking about ensuring Wales is lifted in the Pisa rankings, although there is precious little sign of that happening any time soon.

The first change to the GCSE English language exam turned out to be an unqualified disaster whichever way you look at it

There are too many politicians making decisions about subjects which would be far better left to experts in the field.

Too often head teachers, teachers and pupils have no idea what is expected of them.

And when they think they do, it turns out that it was not what was expected at all.

Education in Wales has not faired well in recent years.

But now as well as annual bandings and Estyn inspections, schools are also subject to assessment by regional education achievement services.

It is difficult to get away from the idea that instead of a clear direction we have instead created confusion.

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2:24pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Walter Devereux says...

"It is difficult to get away from the idea that instead of a clear direction we have instead created confusion."

That is a good synopsis of devolution in general.
"It is difficult to get away from the idea that instead of a clear direction we have instead created confusion." That is a good synopsis of devolution in general. Walter Devereux
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2:38pm Thu 13 Mar 14

DonnieMarco says...

You could not be more right on this.

The amount of changes to curriculum and other initiatives are mind-boggling. We spend countless hours learning new initiatives changing all our paperwork etc and before we know it, they change it all again. We spend far too long on this merry-go-round with no real impact on outcomes for children

Lessons have turned into joyless, soulless façade consisting of ticking all the boxes by mentioning all of the various initiatives and lesson features that WAG believes makes up a good lesson.

After 15yrs and having risen through the ranks to senior management, I am seriously considering changing careers at this point as teaching is no longer fun. I no longer have the latitude to be creative or inspiring. I am simply an automaton going through the WAG approved motions.

I happen to have it on good authority that at least one Head Teacher from Newport has resigned their positions on working parties with the Welsh Assembly Government because they are sick and tired of civil servants with no background in academics or education making substantial changes to the curriculum based on nothing but their opinions.
You could not be more right on this. The amount of changes to curriculum and other initiatives are mind-boggling. We spend countless hours learning new initiatives changing all our paperwork etc and before we know it, they change it all again. We spend far too long on this merry-go-round with no real impact on outcomes for children Lessons have turned into joyless, soulless façade consisting of ticking all the boxes by mentioning all of the various initiatives and lesson features that WAG believes makes up a good lesson. After 15yrs and having risen through the ranks to senior management, I am seriously considering changing careers at this point as teaching is no longer fun. I no longer have the latitude to be creative or inspiring. I am simply an automaton going through the WAG approved motions. I happen to have it on good authority that at least one Head Teacher from Newport has resigned their positions on working parties with the Welsh Assembly Government because they are sick and tired of civil servants with no background in academics or education making substantial changes to the curriculum based on nothing but their opinions. DonnieMarco
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