What is Education?
With reference to educational theories and current affairs, demonstrate an understanding of child centred learning
Personal Evaluation – to support your academic progress, we are interested to read your own assessment of this work as a measure of your own effort and in order that we may comment on your strengths and weaknesses. Please ensure you complete this assessment before submitting your work.
What do you consider are the best aspects of this piece of work?
I learnt and gained a greater understanding of different teaching styles and approaches to learning.
Which aspects do you consider could have been improved in this piece of work?
I think that my work I have produced could have broadened, using more examples of Theorists/
What have you found most satisfying whilst undertaking this submission?
Being able to be able to be creative and show myself in different ways rather than essay based writing.
“Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn”
Head of Ofsted
The head of Ofsted has pledged to root out inspectors who champion trendy teaching amid warnings that progressive methods had damaged generations of schoolchildren. Sir Michael Wilshaw said so-called “child-centred” learning – a characteristic of many classrooms in the 60s and 70s – would form no part of the assessment process. He denied the watchdog was "full of lefty, hippy-types" and insisted it wanted to see structured, teacher-led activities.Any inspectors found advocating alternative methods “wouldn’t be working for me for very long”, he said. The comments were made as he launched a major overhaul of inspections in England. Under new plans, full routine inspections of the majority of state schools are to be ditched. Around six-in-10 schools – those rated as "good" – will get short visits from one inspector every two to three years. It follows a similar move for those ranked as “outstanding”. Full inspections will only be triggered if the watchdog suspects that standards at a school have dropped, Sir Michael said.The move comes amid growing concerns from head teachers about the current state of the Ofsted process and the quality of some inspectors.The system has also faced claims from influential think-tanks that Ofsted favours left-leaning progressive techniques in which children are left to work alone or in groups for long periods with little leadership from teachers. Child-centred methods have often been characterised as allowing pupils to proceed at their own pace and make discoveries independent of the teacher. Sir Michael has already attacked the suggestion, saying he was “spitting blood” at previous suggestions that figures within the Department for Education may be briefing against Ofsted – a charge rejected by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary.Talking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Sir Michael said he was “enraged by that suggestion that Ofsted was full of lefty, hippy-type inspectors, mired in 60s, child-centred ideology”.“I am part of a generation of people who experienced – I started teaching in the 60s – that sort of ideology which ruined the lives of generations of children at that time,” he said.Speaking later at the Association of School and College Leaders’ annual conference in Birmingham, he said Ofsted inspectors were under instruction to mark down such techniques.“If we had any inspectors in our organisation that were applying that sort of ideology, they wouldn’t be working for me for very long,” he said. “I think it was unstructured, it wasn’t teacher led, it employed teaching techniques that didn’t promote good teaching and learning. So we are well away from that. “We want to see teacher-led activities, we want to see structured learning, we want to see teaching in more formal settings.” Earlier this year, he wrote to inspectors telling them not to mark down teachers who create...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document