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Reflections on the assessment of standards and characteristics John Ryan, Richard Eke, John Lee

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1 Reflections on the assessment of standards and characteristics John Ryan, Richard Eke, John Lee

2 TDA/OFSTED Initial teacher training regulated by the Secretary of State through the Department to which the Training and Development Agency for schools is responsible. Government by circular (These documents provide non-statutory advice and guidance on particular issues to expand on subjects referred to in legislation) Ofsted inspects to ensure compliance with circulars-non compliance or performance issues can lead to loss of funding

3 Context The circulars have consistently required teacher trainers to work with schools and have increased the emphasis on the role of schools in teacher training Emphasis on performativity Production of pathologies of creative compliance in the form of gamesmanship around an indicator culture (Elliot,2001)

4 Recent Developments TDA standards set out in circular, current standards revised 2008) Ofsted inspection framework introduces characteristics describing trainees (2009) Regional workshop (2009) four HEIs training teachers across 4-16 phases work together with representatives of [partner schools on issues in using characteristics and standards.

5 Reflection on collaboration Report produced hool.aspx hool.aspx Creative compliance around an indicator culture (some jumping through linguistic hoops) Creative actors using the spaces arising from the tensions between standards and characteristics

6 Using the space Valuing cultural diversity Match and pace Uptake on pupil interests Use of interactive teaching Agency regarding their subject knowledge for teaching Description of reflective practitioners who have a sense of agency about their own practice and are able to pursue a dialogic pedagogy


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