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Rethinking Top-Down Accountability in Schools

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3 live webinars

4 online units

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Expected course start:

Autumn 2022

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All leaders want to ensure high-quality teaching and learning in their schools. However, there are many methods and debates about how to make this happen. At Big Education, we believe in empowering teachers and staff by using a bottom-up approach to drive their own development and learning. We want to make an accountability system which is ‘done with’ not ‘done to’.  We want to move away from over-monitoring and a heavy handed ‘Ofsted’ style approach.

At our three schools (School21, Surrey Square and School360) we are re-thinking accountability systems and processes. Our leaders want to have an accurate view of the school, but we also want staff to take pride in their development, be open about what they need to work on and take ownership of their own development.

To move to a Big Education, we need schools with a new culture. We need dialogue, which is honest and open and non-judgemental. We need teachers to become craftspeople to offer a big education. We need to move away from a culture of doing things just because they have been told to do it. We need a simple, but profound shift, teachers telling leaders about their practice, not vice versa.

This course is a case-study based course. You will hear of three different approaches we are using. There will be an honest discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of each approach as well as a change to reflect how these approaches may be implemented in your own setting.

Meet the facilitator

Matt Morden

Co-Headteacher of Surrey Square Primary

Matt started his teaching career back in 2003 and has worked in primary schools across Essex and London. Matt joined Surrey Square Primary back in 2015 as Deputy Head Teacher and moved into the role of Co-Head Teacher in 2019 alongside Nicola Noble. Surrey Square is part of the Big Education Trust whose aim is to deliver a more expansive curriculum to enable every child to thrive in life – an education of the head, heart and hand. Matt is passionate about rethinking end of primary assessment to reflect this, believing that a fairer system must be developed; a broader assessment mechanism that doesn’t just focus on a narrow set of outcomes based on a snapshot of one test result. Matt is a contributor to More Than A Score’s recent dossier, Drop SATS for Good.

Important information

Who is this course aimed at?

Senior Leaders, Heads of Departments / Phases

How does this course contribute to a Big Education?

To move to a Big Education, we need schools with a new culture. We need dialogue, which is honest and open and non-judgemental. We need teachers to become craftspeople to offer a big education. We need to move away from a culture of doing things just because they have been told to do it.

Rethinking Top-Down Accountability in Schools

3 live webinars

4 online units

£250.00

Join the waitlist to be emailed when this product becomes available