Why Being Brave Is Important?

@TeacherToolkitIn 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the ‘most followed teacher on social media in the UK’. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain’ by The Sunday… Read more about @TeacherToolkitWhat does ‘being brave’ mean to you in education?On Thursday 16th February 2017, I attended the inaugural conference which introduced the Chartered College of Teaching to hear more about its vision. For open discussion and interaction with the audience, I took part in a question and answer session on a variety of teaching matters.I was delighted to sit on a teacher panel during the event chaired by Dr Tim O’Brien, Visiting Fellow in Psychology and Human Development – UCL Institute of Education. The panelists included:This slideshow requires JavaScript.The title of the question and answer panel was ‘why being brave is important?’ I have included the questions and my answers in note form in below, including a simple sketchnote.Being Brave:Q1. How can the college of teaching effect change across the profession?Collective voiceEvidence driven profession, raising awareness of evidence and certainly not stipulatingConfidenceInspection reliabilityWell-being/workloadChallenged the DfE / OfSTEDHubs/network.Q2. What barriers do you encounter in your role/sector? How do you overcome them?Recruitment and retentionFundingCurriculum and assessment reformOfSTED reform from September 2017.Q3. What does being brave mean to you?Lifting head about the parapetTaking back control e.g. workloadIgnoring government guff.Q4. What do you think that teachers need to be braver about (stand up for)?Verbal feedback being the main driver of feedback in the classroomSchool inspectionIgnoring the EBaccPerformance Related Pay – let’s stop it nowFake news from opaque Think Tanks that dictate or inform school policyUsing action research in schools – teachers informing their school leaders.Q5. How can you create a culture to support development of new creative practice?Listen and provide time for changeTransparency and trustDifferentiated CPD.Q6. What are your best hope for 2017?Delete email application from personal devices.Protect 1% of school budgets for CPDSend students home on Wednesday PM and create space for staff CPDRemove OfSTED banners from all school gates.You can view my notes in full below.I missed the morning because I was at Bloomsbury Books (HQ) finalising my new book; thankfully I missed the singing! However, on arrival I did sign up to become a ‘founding member’ of the College, live on Periscope. Congratulations to the College – and to Allison Peacock – on a very successful event …It just makes sense to me; sign up to become a member today.Related

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