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We must create checklists that tick all the right boxes

Used well, they are an invaluable aid to classroom practice, and whole-school discussion

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“What the hell is this?” I silently asked myself as I cleared the boot of my car and found a book with the improbable title of The Checklist Manifesto. Inside, on the flyleaf, was a message of thanks for a talk I had given to Newham secondary headteachers. I began to read.

I am not a natural fan of checklists. The roots of my dislike lie in having an excellent memory when young and in being overpleased with that good fortune. My attitude is best illustrated by anecdote. As a young deputy at Chepstow Community College in the mid 1960s, I worked with a head near retirement whose working practice ...

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