1) Stop the Academy brokering. This is not in the best interests of kids and serves only sponsors, for profit consultancies and a Government that pretends to offer freedom but has assumed control of over 50% of secondary schools. Money has seen an opportunity in Education and wants to speculate. Academies; despite the extra funding are showing no real difference in results to maintained schools.
2) Recognise that whatever the structure of the school it is local accountability and collaboration and not competition which will drive standards.
3) College of Teaching. Promotes CPD for all Teachers and research led strategies for school improvement. Simple.
4) Ofsted revolution. Ofsted are running backwards so quickly that they may at some point catch up with their arse. Franchises of additional inspectors/failed teachers have destroyed the brand. Only HMI; serving teachers and Heads should appraise other schools. Local accountability should rely less on raw data and more on how the school serves the community it belongs to.
5) Reform exam marking. If you pay peanuts you'll get monkeys. Chartered examiners are required to raise the profile and marking standard.With the use of on screen marking now the norm; all end of course exams to be marked twice and moderated.Transparency required for schools and scripts recalled for free.
6) Recruitment and retention. Let's start making this an attractive profession to those who are already in it. A few photo friendly graduates are not going to transform Education. The 30-55 age group just might.
7) Performance related Pay. What a waste of energy. How many Maths, English and Science teachers are queuing up to join our schools? Invest in the teachers you have recruited. Or did they just arrive in reception and ask to teach?
8) School places. If you think free schools in over subscribed areas are the answer to finding thousands of new places...you need to take the numeracy test for Teacher trainees.
9) Academic and Vocational parity. We all knew Tomlinson was right and we need A level equivalent vocational qualifications for all to 18. In fact; why not assess at 18 rather than 16 and make a baccalaureate at 18 the defining achievement?
10) Respect. Teachers should have the same status as Doctors and Lawyers. We have more impact on society than any other profession. Having some belief in ourselves might lead to more belief from parents and students.
Teach. Don't let those who can't teach; tell you how to teach.