Continuity and Change – “More Good Teachers”

15th August 2010

Firstly, long term teachers are more likely to have experienced a range of different schools and as a result they will be able to contribute to the exchange of ideas and insights. Secondly, their long term reputation often makes for a particular type of relationship with pupils. Even a weaker teacher’s history of having taught someone’s brother, cousin or even parent can be incredibly useful for a school dealing with challenging pupils and their families. Thirdly, where it is properly channelled, the gravitas that length of service often brings can be the perfect symbiotic partner to the freshness of one of the ultra-mobile teachers recommended by “More Good Teachers”.

“More Good Teachers” should be welcomed for its fresh and perhaps irreverent look at teacher recruitment but its recommendations are best interpreted as advocating a move along a continuum rather than an absolute change.

Perhaps most importantly, it gave me a good giggle when I realised that Kerry Jordan-Daus (head of Canterbury Christchurch GRTP program) wasn’t joking when she told me about the appallingly named proposal for a “Teach Last” program!