It’s fair to say the education system has not significantly changed in the last century. With the government pledging to create three million apprenticeships by 2020 and the Apprenticeship Levy, we now have to focus on vocational routes equally to academic ones. What is the best way to measure students’ success?
I agree with Hattie. Schools over-emphasise academic achievements and not consider those who are not so academic. In the days before I was at school, there were schools for the academics (grammar schools) and for the not-so academic (secondary modern). I am not, and I repeat, not wishing things to go back to that system but I think some vocational subjects need more exposure in schools and we as teachers need to celebrate those as well as academic achievements. The best way to measure student success is to look at the potential of every student and ascertain whether he or she has reached their fullest potential or not.