PROPOSE ONE CHANGE

This page is where you can suggest one change that you would like to see in place within education by the year 2020. It would be great if these proposals could lead to greater discussions within the "Discussion" tab.

Let's try to keep it down to one change per person!

Andy Wallis (Islay High School)
I would like to see a complete end to summative exams that concentrate on an individual's ability to memorise.

Leon Cych (Twitter)
As above in that schools can facilitate pupils' learning by helping them to determine their own individual curricula...

John Davitt (www.newtools.org)
An end to the UK Inspection process as a negative, terror activity carried out by those who are frightened by ideas and driven by an impoverished orthodoxy.

Ben Plouviez (twitter)
At last education ceases to be something we do to kids and becomes something we do to ourselves and with others, throughout our lives.

Theo Kuechel (twitter)
Move subjects, content and practice out of their respective silos

**Noel Jenkins**
The word 'classroom' no longer conjures up generic imagery of tables, rows, a board and a 'teacher's desk'

Joe Rowing (twitter)
I'd like to see schools as a place where learning starts rather than being so often seen as the only place that matters. Can we concentrate on teaching students how to learn please?

Jocelyn UoB

A more workable balance between 'planning for and reflecting on teaching' and 'teaching itself' - so that all teachers have sufficient time to prepare engaging and creative lessons that employ a variety of resources without needing to stay up late every evening.

Jaye Richards
I'd like to see learning as a self-paced opt in activity where real personalised learning plans would actually mean just that - designed to suit the learning style best suited to individual students rather than the one or two sizes fit all approach we currently veer towards. This includes removing age demarcations as entry points to courses.

Anon.
"Abolish the 'staffroom' and make teachers mix more with the students outside of the classroom"

"abolish school and give learners a service that meets their needs and expectations one that is driven by demand from the learners and their parents .. a global curriculum facilitated locally by people who do real jobs in the community - funding follows the learner to whatever education the learner selects'

Alan Parkinson
Perhaps a little selfish, but that my son successfully completed his formal education in a wholly fulfilling way because it allowed him to... and I think that technology used appropriately is crucial for him to be able to do that - may explain more after a few malts... (because of the persistence of the web, I'm even thinking now whether I should write this because even in 12 years time, he'll probably be able to discover this late night addition to a wiki page - and what will you make of it ?)
my real one:
Dialogic pedagogies that work... and where the dialogue is global as well as local...


Maybe

Krysia (twitter)
For more teachers and pupils and parents to feel secure about the notion of 'failing forward'.

By this I mean a few things (but only one change). I would like to see a change in culture. A culture that would allow for so many of the points above to become a reality. At the moment, I feel that so many people in education are afraid to fail - whether it be heateachers not getting the results from the SQA, or it be a teacher not wanting a lesson to fail infront of a class, or it be a pupil not wanting to get a question 'wrong' in front of their mates. I feel if everyone was a bit happier with the concept that (shock,horror) they might fail, then it would lead to an education system that is more open to change - and that is the key.

If I can make one last point about a "culture of change". How many times have you heard a teacher say "it's just change for change sake"? or "they're changing this back to what we did 20 years ago"? In my opinion, there are 2 main reasons educators dont want to change - either they are lazy/stuck in their ways or they are afraid. For the people who don't want to change because we are uncertain of the outcome (afraid of it failing?): if they were able to feel safe in their practice, pupils were made to feel safe about NOT passing exams, or speaking out in class, headteachers were made to feel safe if their school didn't produce the results then perhaps Scottish education would be able to be to embrace change and truly innovate.

Thought for today
Old addage but hard to change in primary school we teach pupils in secondary school we teach subjects are subject teachers ready to teach broader less knowledge based curriculum - how does Outcomes for Curriculum for Excellence look if we look at these as project based learning outcomes assessed at school level ?

Stephanie Disbury
I'd like the opportunity to evaluate different teaching and learning methodologies without the fear of recrimination for falling results for me and the pupils involved. Must try to evaluate and must fail to move forward.


Colin Maxwell (twitter)
An education system that values education and training for teachers. Some decent allocation of time for upskilling so that teachers can at least get to the same level as their pupils (in ICT).

Keith Hamon (blog)
All of us dead center and in control of our own learning networks and connected to the learning networks of everyone else, for life.

Con Morris (**twitter**)

Every national education system should have its own CPD college for educators. There should be a world college formed from an amalgam of the national colleges.