Teachers’ expertise ‘is something to shout about’

Unless teachers celebrate their excellence, they risk being ignored, says top academic

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Teachers do not “shout” loud enough about their expertise and make it too easy for politicians to ignore them, according to the academic behind groundbreaking analysis of what works in education.

Professor John Hattie, director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute in Australia, said in Edinburgh last week that teachers tend to heap praise on pupils and parents for their schools’ successes.

Teachers “give the credit to the kids”, he said, but “we’re not very good at saying that we cause learning”.

Professor Hattie, who has become one of the world’s most widely quoted education ...

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