Hello teachers & educators! It’s a month of upheaval and change in UK politics, which means there is likely to be change ahead in education too. With the Conservative majority secured, many of us in education are looking nervously towards what the True Blue manifesto has in store for schools.

This May we’ll be looking at some other mooted changes too, including a growing drive to overhaul Ofsted. We’ll also be finding out how the omnipresence of mobile devices could soon change our classrooms and why no new government will ever truly trust teachers…

Is it time to ditch Ofsted?

Ofsted-Registered-Tuition-CentreStressful, adversarial, unfair – these are the views of many education professionals on the dreaded yearly Ofsted inspections. In this comprehensive blog from Lucie Mitchell on SecEd examines current problem with the system and the possible future of school inspections. From self-assessments, to a more supportive system for inspections, Mitchell takes a closer look at a few Ofsted alternatives currently on the table, exploring the movements taking shape within education.

  • Do you think Ofsted inspections are too aggressive, data-driven and unsupported? What do you think an improved system would look like? Share your opinion with others in the comments section below.

Do mobile devices have a place in the classrooms of tomorrow?

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This huge infographic discovered through EdTech website and created by Project Tomorrow offers a partly scary, partly fascinating insight into the future of mobile devices in our classrooms.

The infographic may concern data from the US, but where the US leads in technology, the UK is typically quick to follow. Despite worrying about equity issues, 77% of surveyed teachers in the US believe that mobile devices can be used to significantly boost student engagement in the classroom.

  • Do you agree that mobile devices can be a positive tool for learning, or do the cons outweigh the pros? Have your say below.

 Why no government will trust teachers

img-trust-_115705868883Although written before the election, this blog from Consider Ed raises some crucial points about the status of educators in the UK’s political landscape. Ultimately, explains Graham Birrell, politicians will never give teachers the “trust” required for educators to take the reigns of our education system. It’s an interesting, if dispiriting, read but, if you think change is needed, it’s a real catalyst that will encourage you to get involved and push for it.

Do you think educators should fight for more responsibility and power to direct their own activities? Where do you think the Conservatives will have taken education by 2019? Share your views with other teachers below.

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