Wragg was more than just great - he was a giant

6th October 2006 at 01:00
It's a pity Ted Wragg is no longer with us. The September edition of Primary Teachers published by the DfES contains some wonderful material for his sadly missed column in this paper.

An apparently excellent teaching idea called "Mantle of the Expert" is described as requiring "retrospective planning" because it allows pupils to determine the direction of lessons in ways which cannot be foreseen.

Teachers are thus instructed to plan their lessons after they have taught them!

Is it just me, or is this the ultimate example of paperwork gone mad? If teachers can plan retrospectively, can I choose my numbers for the National Lottery retrospectively also? Maybe in Ted Wragg's absence, the DfES thinks it can get away with ever more absurd ideas.

Mark Hellen

West Hampstead, London

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