The opposition expected from a teaching profession wearily contemplating yet one more ideological imposition from on high is anticipated in the statement on p 6 that "They strategies for achieving targets often place greater onus on pupils to do better, than on teachers to improve their effectiveness.
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State schools have so many interested parties that it is difficult to please them all, some requirements are statutory. Worlds apart? Target setting as accountability In addition to its usefulness in raising achievement when the full scope of target setting is harnessed, target setting has a function as a mechanism of accountability.
If every one is committed to higher levels of achievement, they will likely be attained. Imposed target setting which is for the purposes of accountability for examination results alone and in isolation from the mood of the community will not satisfy the requirements of the target setting which raises self belief and changes communal values.DfEE, S. Is your bedroom tidy? This state of happiness he describes as "flow". The ideas of Anderson, have an enduring echo in the minds of many voters. Targets are set, not communicated, and then used to damn the organisation. What is the teacher to do? Whether the standard by which the children were being judged SAT tests remained consistent is not questioned because this is politically contentious and would be regarded by the Government as an unwelcome subject for debate. There is convincing evidence throughout the book that setting and achieving targets, previously just out of our reach, is a necessary condition for us to feel happy. London: DfEE. Cognitive targets are not the only ones that are worth setting but they are the only ones required by the DfEE. If a big dog was after you think of an OFSTED school inspection , you might scale it without difficulty, but your attitude on the other side would be of exhaustion and terror rather than of pride and joy. Pupils must have regular feedback and appreciation for their attainment but, sadly, teachers are often reluctant to lay themselves on the line by committing themselves to grades, and are often more preoccupied with criticism than with praise.
Of the many justifications for setting targets for schools, one is that schools should "improve", this is now taken to mean, to gain better examination results Gray et al. What is the teacher to do? Gray, J. They proceed from this step to set out a mission statement.
Deming's way; a marriage of theory and practice. It purports to be an empirical statement announcing a new truth that has been discovered recently and is now being promulgated to schools.