Letters - Singapore Gove has his head in the clouds

26th November 2010 at 00:00

I was delighted to read that education secretary Michael Gove had been to Singapore to learn that schools are allowing "great lessons to be filmed and go online and become part of the process of professional development... Our aim - and the white paper is my step towards that - is to embed more of that culture in our own" ("Gove tight-lipped, but relishes prospect of next landmark reform", November 19).

If only I had known in advance, my contribution to the deficit reduction could have been to offer to save him the airfare and suggest a quick pop down the M4 instead. At our regular staff meeting last Monday, all of us were working in groups to watch videos of lessons, part of our ongoing professional dialogues about how to turn good lessons into outstanding ones. I doubt that we are the only school regularly using this technique.

Is there a problem? Oh yes, many of the lessons we were using had been downloaded from the Teachers TV website. Now, what is the Government planning for that? Ah, the contract has ended. Perhaps I'll have to jet off to Singapore to get some more lessons next year.

Let's hope Mr Gove's Far East trip also taught him how to ensure right and left hands communicate.

Andy Bethell, Acting co-headteacher, The Castle School, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire.

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