As you will all know, we have a new Education Minister, Damian Hinds.
What he really cares about, and what he is going to do to help schools, is of much importance to all of us wishing to achieve the best possible outcomes for our learners.
His speech on 4 May 2018 to the NAHT gave us important insights. His main concerns are tackling those things which are putting off teachers and schools - so recruitment and retention looks to be his big issue, and he identified several factors he would like to improve; workload, especially with regard to inspection, lack of clarity in the accountability framework, improvements in teacher support to become teachers, and remain teachers, focussing on professional development. He will establish a working party to look at workload, and will run a pilot of sabbaticals for teachers.
No mention of Ed Tech. We at TheETA know very well that using it appropriately and well not only reduces teacher workload, but also brings excitement and joy into learning. We will be working hard to ensure that this message gets through at all levels.
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