Teachers invited to ‘redesign schooling’ at SSAT symposia


Teachers are being invited to help shape the future of English education at a series of symposia taking place in March.

The events are being hosted around the country as part of the SSAT’s Redesigning Schooling campaign.

They will focus on issues including teaching and learning, qualifications, curriculum, and accountability and will be led by people including Professor Dylan Wiliam, former Ofsted chief inspector Christine Gilbert, and Lord Baker.

The campaign, launched in December, is aimed at developing a vision for schooling that “equips students for life in the digital age and for taking their place in the global workspace”.

There are four differently themed events, which will each take place in both Manchester and London between March 7 to 22. They are:

  • What kind of teaching for what kind of learning? 

  • Curriculum and qualifications.

  • Professional capital and global lessons of successful change.

  • Accountability and intelligent inspection.

The intention is to publish a series of pamphlets containing key recommendations from the symposia in the summer term.

SSAT chief executive Sue Williamson said: “Many of us have been spoon-fed our approaches to schooling for so long that we have lost our collective instinct for self-determination. We have forgotten how to lead. We’re a ‘done-to’ profession that works hard to implement policies that we know are the wrong ones.

“Our plan is to assemble a vision for schooling that’s led by the education profession based on high-quality practice and research. We need to stop leaving the vision to government and start developing our own plan.”

For further details on the campaign and the regional symposia, visit www.redesigningschooling.org.uk


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