Welcome to the Expert Subject Advisory Group’s first newsletter. This month we’re giving you an update on the College of Teaching, the low down on the Carter Review, highlights from Bett 2015, and sharing our latest free resources.
We have just re-launched our website – click here to access our free primary resources and other useful resources including ITE good practice case studies. If your school has identified an issue in the primary curriculum that we could help with, please get in touch.
The College of Teaching – your chance to shape the vision
The Claim Your College coalition has now submitted a proposal about the future shape of a chartered College of Teaching in response to the Department for Education’s consultation ‘A world-class teaching profession’.
This proposal for a College by teachers for teachers is the product of extensive consultation with teachers, headteachers, and a range of professional associations. Recent consultations include two meetings in January, where teachers from all over the country fed back key messages from teacher-led events to a group of 80 educational organisations and thought leaders. At both events there was overwhelming support for accepting public funds to help start the College (as long as these came with no strings attached) and for the Claim Your College proposal.
The proposal envisages a College that is member-driven, independent and voluntary. It would benefit teachers by championing the status of the teaching profession, sharing knowledge and supporting professional development, and would seek to benefit young learners by ensuring high standards of teaching.
To read the proposal, make your voice heard, and add your support, please visit the Claim your College website.
What does the Carter Review of ITE mean for teachers and subject communities?
The recently-published Carter Review has some potentially significant implications for future teachers and providers of ITE. The Review highlights the importance of subject knowledge and subject-related pedagogic understanding as being integral to high quality teaching, stating that schools should prioritize this in their CPD and providers of ITE should ensure this element is secure in all training.
For subject communities this poses a huge challenge. Who should define what this core knowledge is? How will consensus be reached and how can we accommodate bodies of knowledge that ever ‘ever-shifting’? The Government will respond in due course to the Carter Review’s recommendation of commissioning an independent working group to develop the framework of core content for ITT. It is likely that this work will overlap considerably with the work that ESAG is proposing for professional standards for the new College of Teaching. We hope, therefore, to help shape the development of the ITT framework by drawing on our members’ considerable knowledge and understanding of essential core content and the way in which it evolves.
Educational technology showcased and debated at Bett
The Bett Show – the world’s largest educational technology exhibition – took place in January and hosted school leaders and school ICT co-ordinators from across the UK. Bett 2015 included talks from leading educationalists and technologists, CPD discussions, and practical ‘how-to’ sessions.
Bett showcased emerging classroom technologies including augmented reality and wearable technology, curriculum software to support the new national curriculum, and primary assessment software solutions. Talks and discussions included Sir Ken Robinson on his view that many countries are pushing reforms in the wrong direction, and Robert Mullins of Raspberry Pi and Bill Liao of CoderDojo on the state of computer science a year on from Gove’s announcement of an overhaul of ICT teaching in schools. Robert and Bill both co-founded organisations that are helping children and young people to code – Raspberry Pi through a credit-card sized computer that makes learning to programme fun, and CoderDojo though a global network of free computer programming clubs.
Next year, the Bett Show will take place from 20 – 23 January 2016.
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