Why a teacher is not like a car – a guide for the faint hearted politician

An MOT is a good idea for a motor vehicle- they work in isolation if the lights fail than other road users have a problem.
Without giving it a lot of thought the same could be said of a teacher – couldn’t it? Teachers work in a classroom and by and large it is them and their class. If a teacher is unable to maintain behaviour it surely must be the teacher’s fault?
This is vote winning politics – but is it? Anybody who has taught for any amount of time knows that discipline is complex thing – @oldandrewuk wrote a series of posts on this subject – it is more than any one teacher, it is the ethos and systems of the school which support colleagues.
I am genuinely baffled as to what an MOT might look like – or achieve.
All teachers are part of regular appraisal etc – what does this policy add? To the profession very little – but it will most likely divert much needed funding into an additional layer of bureaucracy if the early days of threshold are an indicator.

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