Involving large numbers of students in imaginative lead lessons or plenaries that draw learning together can be very successful. Done properly, well prepared, and in appropriate accommodation with up-to-date equipment, there is no reason why they can't be effective. Resourcing is the key.
Non-teachers involved in lessons? Yes please. There are so many examples of talented people, who are not teachers, having a positive impact on students, we should encourage more involvement. But this should not be at the expense of teachers and the non-teachers should be fairly paid. Again, resourcing is key.
The remodelling of the school workforce should not be a threat and could be an opportunity. Success or failure will depend on how well it is implemented.
We need clarity about funding, a clear reward structure for non-teaching staff, effective training programmes and the sharing of good practice. It could enhance the role of teachers and improve teaching and learning - but it will not be cheap.
Stuart Satinet Principal Pilton community college Barnstaple, Devon