As is well known in the world of educational research, the variation in outcomes within any school is much, much larger than the variation between schools. In the same school, with the same teachers, some children learn a lot and others not so much, because while teachers teach, children are ultimately responsible for what they learn. There is lots of evidence that the vast majority of any child’s learning is due to their own efforts, not that of the school or of their teachers. In fact, academics such as Dylan Wiliam of the Institute of Education in London suggest that around nine times as much of a child’s measured learning outcomes can be attributed to the child rather than the difference their schooling has made.
Splendid! Bravo, that man!
I guess that will see an end to the endless whinging articles in the ‘Guardian’ about how ethnic minority children are being cruelly cheated of an education by racist teachers and lack of resources, right?
Hello..? *taps* Is this thing on? Jack..?