Teachers predict rise of pupil power

16th July 2004 at 01:00
Teachers believe their jobs will be less creative in 10 years but that their pupils will have more control over their own learning.

A survey of more than 4,000 teachers by the General Teaching Council for England found staff broadly optimistic about their future.

Most felt that in a decade's time they would involve learners more in their own education and put greater emphasis on diagnosing and responding to how individual pupils learned.

The findings will be encouraging for the Government, which says it wants to see more "personalised" learning.

However, only a minority of teachers said they thought their work would become more creative. This will disappoint officials in the Department for Education and Skills who have said they want teachers to be given more freedom to be creative and use their own "informed judgement".

Asked what advice they would give a prospective teacher, one in five said they would tell them the job was rewarding, exciting and fulfilling. A similar proportion said they would warn the person that it was a demanding career involving hard work - while one in 10 would advise against joining the profession altogether.

A report by the council accompanying the survey said: "A striking message is that this is a profession at ease with itself and in a rather more confident state than is commonly believed."

Government initiatives did not seem to impress most teachers. Many said they could not think of even one that had made a difference to education in England.

The national literacy and numeracy strategies were the most popular schemes, followed by the increased provision of computers in schools. Fewer than 10 per cent said that workforce reforms, such as the transfer of administrative tasks to assistants, had made any difference.


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