The importance of free thinking
The importance of creating free-thinking learners was a recurrent theme.
It is a sad indictment of our test and target-driven culture that, in many schools, the joy of discovery is being replaced too often by pressure to achieve. So three cheers for the headteacher who felt compelled to rebel by encouraging pupils to put down their pens to talk, question and listen rather than write. Success cannot be measured in ink alone.
As our comment pages will observe next week, we need to take account of these issues if pupils are to be motivated to learn - and, indeed, if teachers are to be motivated to teach. We might not go so far as one of the speakers at the Welsh conference who suggested that "school should be a work-free zone", whatever that means. But if it means schools should be places where people come to learn and come to appreciate the enjoyment of learning, we would say amen to that.