Sir Michael Wilshaw, England’s chief inspector of schools doesn’t want teachers to leave at 3pm. (BBC, 22/9/12) This suggests that he thinks they don’t work hard enough and long enough. He concludes that hitting them in the pocket will produce better results – either by limiting the pay of ‘under performers’ or by (allegedly) increasing the pay of the apparently dedicated.
I suggest Sir Michael needs to think again.
If staff leave at 3pm why is this? Is it that they are naturally idle? Is it that they don’t like teaching? Or some other reason?
May be it is the impact of the endless targets, imposed ‘best’ ways of doing things which I suspect in many cases are invented by ‘those who don’t teach’.
Imagine this. A school, an education system where teachers are allowed to determine the way they teach, where they can apply methods which they know work. They know they work because they see the results in the children.
Managers and so called leaders dictating to professionals is de-motivating them, reducing their performance and any desire to excel. That is why they (apparently) leave at 3pm. They have no control in what they do because they are constantly adhering to the latest edict, filling in plans and forms.
They are blaming the people instead of the system.
If those in charge gave freedom back to teachers, they would be inspired to improve the quality of education and not want to leave at 3pm. Teacher need to feel that they own teaching
The challenge is getting those in-charge to understand that some things are counter-intuitive.