Book scrutinies are about learning, not keeping tabs
School leaders should take a look at pupils’ books to monitor learning, not their staff, writes Claire Lotriet
I’m not sure that an article entitled “in defence of book scrutinies” would be very popular, but stick with me, please. I think scrutiny of pupils’ books has had a bit of a bad rap over the past few years, which is a shame, as it is really important.
Discussions about book scrutinies are usually pretty negative in tone and it’s not hard to see why. Recently, I saw a question posted online about how often book scrutinies take place in schools; the responses ranged from “twice a year” to “two to three times a week – we’re a ‘requires improvement’ school”. Talk about a range.
I would seriously ...