Dear Parents & Carers
We have been conducting school tours over the past few weeks, helping prospective parents and their children decide whether Myton is the right choice for them (of course it is)! In each tour we explore the whole school and go into several classes where we find, without fail, children eager to discuss their work with our visitors.
Apart from enjoying meeting prospective new families, these tours have reminded me just how much children enjoy learning new things, just for the sake of learning. In education, we can get obsessed with results and of course students need the best grades they can get, but it is great to see students enthusiastically showing off a product they are making or a piece of art they are creating, or talking about a book they are reading or demonstrating their language skills without having to link it to an exam. This is why I am delighted to read that Ofsted are proposing to get rid of the ‘outcomes’ judgement in inspections (a judgement based on a number and which forgets the humans in the system), and replace it with a ‘quality of education’ grading. (more…)