Don’t lose the essence of what it means to teach
With so many teachers reporting a loss of joy in the job, squeezed out of them by a system that values bureaucracy over people, it’s no wonder there’s a retention crisis
“There has never been a better time to be a teacher,” claimed Michael Gove, then education secretary, in 2013. Teaching is a vocation that still attracts creative and caring professionals who want to make a difference. But as the current government continues to promote structural change and the construction of ever-stronger accountability frameworks, are we in danger of missing the essence of what it means to be a teacher?
Since 2011, ever-louder alarms have been raised by statisticians regarding teacher retention and recruitment. The National Audit Office (NAO) has reported that, between 2011 ...