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How I helped colleagues to rise above the political noise

It’s time for schools to reject fads and gimmicks, and become a community of scholars, writes Kevin Rooney

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Being the philosophical type, one of the questions I constantly ask myself is: what is it to be a teacher? A couple of years ago, I couldn’t escape this question nagging me and keeping me awake at night.

As I tossed and turned, I shuddered when thinking back to those days when hundreds of teachers were herded into the assembly hall for Inset days on Brain Gym, learning styles and visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. I shuddered even more when thinking back to the prescribed lesson plans and the many Ofsted hoops we had to jump through, stripping us of our autonomy and professional ...

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