21 Rhetorical Questions

@TeacherToolkitIn 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the ‘most followed teacher on social media in the UK’. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain’ by The Sunday… Read more about @TeacherToolkitWhat rhetorical questions would you ask ‘about education’?I have a few provocative questions I’d like to ask and do not require any answers, although I’d be pleased to read your thoughts in the comments section below.Definition: Rhetorical – adjective: asked in order to produce an effect or to make a statement rather than to elicit information..Do others under-estimate how hard it is to teach in a challenging school?Is there anything negative about teaching in an inclusive school?Should we treat SEN students with zero tolerance?Can teachers ‘take risks’ in a school culture that seeks compliance – so that it can improve?How do we know if OfSTED are correct in their judgements and processes of schools?What do OfSTED inspectors ‘get out of school inspection’? Is it a satisfying process?Do school inspectors realise they are part of the retention problem?Why do schools celebrate OfSTED inspections?How many teachers leave the profession after an OfSTED inspection?How do we know the current OfSTED framework can be applied fairly to all schools / context?Why does OfSTED ignore school complaints?Why does OfSTED re-engineer their reports – to suit their judgements – after an inspection?Why do OfSTED inspectors still ask school leaders to produce documents for a school inspection?Do we under-value the work senior teachers do in our schools?Is the job of a senior leader working in a challenging school, on a ‘hiding to nothing’?Why is part-time a dirty word in education? Do schools support part-time requests for senior leaders?In a landscape facing significant funding cuts, can single-status academies survive on their own?Why is (Multi-Academy Trust) MAT allocation an opaque process?What criteria is used when the (Department for Education) DfE select their ‘preferred partners’?Is a MAT takeover, genuinely a ‘consultation’?Can a MAT’s version of ‘Good’ be better than everyone else’s version of ‘Good’?These are questions I have asked myself over the past 6 weeks. I have much to say, but I will leave my views *mute for now.Related

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