It is not the same, 20 years on, as the message has been heard

6th October 2006 at 01:00
Plus ca change... Hugh Humphries (TESS last week) certainly sees an unbroken conspiracy to distract teachers from the business of teaching, stretching all the way from individualised learning and Kent maths in the 1980s to the promotion of formative assessment, co-operative learning and metacognition today.

He'll be interested, and I hope not disappointed, to learn that Kevin Logan, once banished in apparently the same wilderness, is now fully restored and enthusiastically promoting formative assessment (and other aspects of Assessment is for Learning) among his colleagues in the sunny Highlands.

Why? Because, unlike Hugh Humphries, he understands that formative assessment and so on, ce n'est pas la meme chose, but an opportunity to redress the failings of 20 years ago and give children and young people today greater responsibility for their learning.

Like Professor Brian Boyd, he knows that young people learn well when they are fully engaged in the activity, and interventions by teachers based on formative assessment and the like are invaluable in helping to steer that engagement.

He also knows that an initiative like AifL has not been "enforced" on a "reluctant teaching profession", but embraced enthusiastically by those who have listened and heard its message.

Eric Young iTelligent Classrooms Limited Mayfield Biggar

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now