PISA, Wales and Estonia.

Y Cwricwlwm newydd … cymharu Estonia a Chymru. Blog gwych gan Richard Carbis.

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It is that time of year when we discover that our ranking has slightly improved or become worse in Wales. Better people than myself can answer how relevant the test is as a measure of success. I was and am interested in the fact that Estonia has performed so well. I began to research into the education of Estonia and I would like to share a few insights with yourselves,

The Education Act, adopted in 1992, states the following as the general goals of education: to create favourable conditions for the development of personality, family and the Estonian nation; to promote the development of ethnic minorities, economic, political and cultural life in Estonia and the preservation of nature in the global economic and cultural context; to teach the values of citizenship; and to set up the prerequisites for creating a tradition of lifelong learning nation-wide.
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Head of Department. You can solve the workload crisis.

Marcio … syniadau da iawn i gefnogi polisi marcio.


I have seen too many brilliant young teachers leave the profession since my PGCE in 2013. Why did they leave the profession? Almost all left because of 1. behaviour (a blog for another time) and 2. workload.

Now it is worth saying, I am a self-confessed workaholic. If it was up to me I would probably still be sitting in school talking about our KS3 curriculum. So as an NQT it was not unheard of for me to work into the early hours with a large stack of marking. As Joe Kirbyhas rightfully said, in reality the impact to workload ratio is hopelessly inefficient.[1] The difference from when I entered teaching is marking expectations are changing. Ofsted have changed their inspection requirements on marking (see Ofsted November 2016 update here) and the writing of others cited in this post shows there are more work-savvy alternatives.

So why are…

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