Classroom problems cannot be solved entirely by outsiders

Aug 25, 2015 by

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There’s much to learn from initiatives such as the military ethos project, but collaboration with teachers is essential

by Estelle Morris –

Thankfully we have moved on from the days when teachers were the only adults in the classroom. It’s not unusual to find sports professionals, artists, employers and even symphony orchestras in schools, all playing their part in educating the next generation. These willing partners bring skills and energy to our classrooms and often that “something extra” that can make all the difference to children’s lives.

Education is more outward looking than ever before – which is a change for the good. Teachers are not the source of all wisdom and if we are as ambitious as we claim, we must look for ideas from wherever we can.

However, despite their rhetoric of trusting teachers, it sometimes seems the government’s distrust of other parts of the education system – what Michael Gove called “the blob” – leads them to assume outsiders have all the answers.

Two initiatives have been reported in recent weeks. The first comes from former armed services personnel who have developed and provide a programme, known as the Military Ethos project, aimed at disadvantaged and disengaged young people. They work with teachers in schools but bring their own style and experience to support and motivate the children. The activities include developing positive relationships in the playground and dining room, as well as mentoring and working with students in class.

Source: Classroom problems cannot be solved entirely by outsiders | Estelle Morris | Education | The Guardian

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