I wake up to the news this morning that teachers are failing to challenge students enough (according to Mr Wilshaw). Every day brings a new criticism of the teaching profession. Is it any wonder that teachers are leaving in droves, Mickey Mouse ideas are set up to tempt people into teaching and we are heading for a crisis in teacher numbers? Teacher morale is at an all-time low – and understandably so.
I have worked in a situation where every day brought fear and criticism, no matter how hard you worked and how good your results were. It is a deeply uncomfortable place to be and I would hate to go back there again. Teachers do work incredibly hard and the vast majority of them challenge young people constantly, often under very difficult circumstances. They do so despite the constant bombardment of criticism each day at the moment.
But rest assured, if this continues, something will break and it won’t be pretty when it does.