Feedback on "What makes a good teacher?"
01 Feb 2008
Last week I wrote an article for the BBC News website (see 'articles' section of this website) headlined: "What makes a good teacher?"
The reader feedback was overwhelming: hundreds of emails. Clearly this touched a nerve. The BBC has run a selection of these responses on its website. All are considered and thoughtful and packed with the direct experience of the chalk-face. See: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7222500.stm
The BBC did not have space to put up all the responses but I would be delighted to have any further thoughts posted here -- so responses welcome.
I thought the evidence session it was based on was admirable for a number of reasons. Firstly, it brought together real experts whose points and observations were based on evidence not on prejudices. Second it was staged by Cambridge Assessment, the examinations agency, who deserve credit for staging the event and so demonstrating their commitment to a broader debate about education. And third, it was staged at Westminster so MPs could benefit from the expertise of the speakers. Sadly, however, only one MP was present -- but at least since he was Barry Sheerman, chairman of the Commons Select Committee that covers education and children, some of this evidence may end up informing the committee's future investigations. Perhaps Mr Sheerman will invite the experts back to address the committee in a formal session?