Experience counts for nothing.

After 34 years of teaching, 17 of them as a headteacher, Richard Arrowsmith has called it a day. The reason: he’s fed up with the way the goverments have over the years pushed new initiatives and new programmes for education on to schools, while always refusing to listen the the people who have to implement them. Writing in today’s Education Guardian he says:

It seems to me that most major planks of policy introduced during my 17 years as a headteacher in two comprehensives have run into problems that were foreseen by us in schools.How many people remember John Patten having to apologise for the national curriculum being too prescriptive? It was unsustainable, and everybody except the politicians knew that. There was another apology for the fiasco of Charles Clarke’s first schools budget, though none for the disgraceful way in which languages were dropped at GCSE level two years ago. We know Clarke was taken completely by surprise by the massive fall in numbers taking languages that followed. Yet he was probably the only person – apart from those in the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) – to have this reaction.

There is more, but I don’t think one has to be a headteacher, or even a teacher, to see that he may have very good reasons for feeling just a tad disgruntled.   


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