Gove’s statement says that
we’re giving teachers freedom over what and how to teach, revolutionising ICT as we know it.
This has to be good but it begs two questions in addition to my main one about how assessment might be reformed.
- What guidance will the new Teaching Agency give to teacher educators? I hope it will be equally liberating.
- What will Ofsted do? How will they cope without a ticklist?
My fear is that, as in the late 90s, schools will be inspected under a regime that has certain presumptions about what and how to teach ICT (or computer science). What if the school has a radically different view? I know the obvious answers are to do with looking for quality outcomes in broad terms but I fear a plethora of ‘guidance’ which becomes a de facto curriculum which then leads to exactly the same problems we perceive now.