Becoming a great teacher is hard won. You can’t reduce it to a set of formulas or put it on a spreadsheet. You can’t sum it up in a database, or map it in a study. You can’t say ‘just do it like this and all will be fine’. It is a process that takes years, and that is how it should be. Because it is about people. If you’re a teacher reading this, it is about you. A flow of new teachers enters the profession, supported by teachers who have been there and done that. You have to learn what works for specific children, in a specific context, at a specific time. You have to build your knowledge and hone your technique and find your own approach. It’s not easy.
You can’t jump the gap by giving a set of rules that apply to everyone, so please don’t let Ofsted or Old Andrew tell you it ‘has to be’ like anything. Because it doesn’t work like that. You build your own style slowly: you listen to others, you experiment, you try things with your children in your school in your context. You find out what works for you. This may not be the same thing that works for me. At the heart of teaching is the teacher. So it’s really, really, really important that we trust in our teachers’ professional judgement. Otherwise we might as well send in the clowns. Oh, don’t bother, they’re here.