I read this article and then re-read it. I confess that whilst I like Tristram Hunt I can’t help feeling that this is a very poorly articulated piece as it would appear to suggest, in Hunt’s opinion, all teachers – not just those in training require training in discipline.
There are two ways to look at this – firstly that all quality training is valuable and if all colleagues have the same “foundations” then it will be supportive to new colleagues. The problem with this is that national training doesn’t translate to national practise and not should it. Schools are not baked bean factories or fast food restaurants so all policies would not be the same and nor should they. My fear would be that this would be a springboard for a tranch of consultants armed with power points and dreary anecdotes. Worse still common sense would fly out of the nearest window as colleagues followed “Best practise” rather than what has been proven to work in the school that they are in.
National training brings back memories of the well intentioned New Opportunities Fund training which cost a lot but hasn’t translated into colleagues using technology to support teaching and learning more effectively.
The second point would be the disconnect between respecting teachers and then in the same piece giving the impression that discipline is an issue in all schools for all teachers at all levels and that national government will have the answers in all cases.
An education secretary who genuinely is interested in learning rather than learning from the mistakes of their predecessor and listening to a profession which feels a genuine disconnect from the policy which governs their practise would be greatly appreciated but, pieces like this need to be carefully considered.