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Quality of teaching isn’t helped by ad hoc policies

Ministers might mean well with their frequent education sector overhauls, but school leaders must find ways to stay optimistic in the face of constant upheaval

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As chief executive of an international education-improvement organisation providing consultancy and programme delivery for governments around the world, I have spent several years observing how different education systems operate. Many seem to be caught in a struggle between state- or country-level policy on the one hand and the action or inaction of individual schools on the other. As Michael Fullan and I wrote in a recent think-piece: “Policy pushes in one direction, the profession pulls in another. The result is a type of friction which produces heat but not light: plenty of activity but ...

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