‘If you want to attack inequity, then attack it with excellence’

Michael Fullan, the Canadian educationalist and former adviser to Tony Blair, who was instrumental in transforming Ontario’s school system into one of the world’s best, tells Eleanor Busby why he believes England’s current educational policies are sapping teacher morale and turning pupils off learning

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World-renowned Canadian researcher Michael Fullan is held in high regard by educationalists in England. But the author does not share the same admiration for this country’s education system.

In fact, he hasn’t worked in England for almost half a decade, which he blames partly on the “depressing” state of teachers’ morale in this country. He does not think this has improved since he was working in London on school improvement four years ago.

Recalling the prevailing mood among teachers during that period, he says: “The morale was so depressing that you just didn’t feel like there was the ...

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