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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

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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 ...

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