Right, I need to find some teachers to consult with – where can I look?
Ummmm – in a school?
No, too obvious, too yesterday – but where?
Got it! Twitter – but how to choose….what might be a handy rule of thumb? Hang on – what is this followers thingie…?
Now let me be perfectly clear – I am not for a second suggesting or implying that the teachers who attended the recent Primary Curriculum meeting are anything other than marvellous ambassadors for our profession, but in my experience of having had the honour to work with some truly outstanding colleagues – not all are on social media – so why look there for colleagues to offer input?
I can’t help wondering what the criteria for selecting delegates was? Surely it can’t be as simple as having a large twitter following or blogging rather a lot – can it?
@DHTjohn takes the view that this was opportunity missed http://deputyjohn.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/pawns-nah-pawns-are-important-guest-post-adapted-from-email-received/ – I am not so sure I would go that far.
What I would say is that if the Department for Education does want to consult teachers and feels that Unions do not provide this opportunity (a different question entirely) then this sort of consultation needs to be wider and better planned, rather than, seemingly, making the crude assumption that the most prolific bloggers or followed twitter users always can offer the clearest insight into issues that affect the whole profession.
I hope that this is the beginning of a process and that more will happen which will be more widely representative. I hope…