Flightpaths – what?

A little while ago I had a conversation with a colleague from another school who was describing the progress of a child. They spent twenty minutes or so talking about a flight path and the relative points progress, both up and down, the child had made. They were earnest, committed and passionate and after twenty minutes I hadn’t the faintest clue what they were talking about.

Clearly a lot of time had spent calculating this and I imagine a good number of staff meeting hours and PPA given over to feeding the spreadsheet or database that drove the system. But if it doesn’t actually make any sense or difference to the teacher or children concerned – why bother?

Could just be me, but wouldn’t some tea leaves be equally as useful and a lot less time consuming?

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5 thoughts on “Flightpaths – what?

  1. Dan Grossman says:

    On what basis are you assuming that the Flightpath model doesn’t make any difference to teacher or student? Because you don’t understand it? I’m not saying it’s the be all and end all but I’ve seen this process work in a school in which I’ve worked, making sure no child slips between the proverbial gaps, and developing teachers far more attuned to the abilities, needs and progress of their classes and individual student. This seems very dismissive of a technique that when used properly, can have a positive impact on the progress of children.

  2. Perhaps then I misunderstood you when you said “I hadn’t the faintest clue what they were talking about”. I think it would be more useful for all those reading your blog if you qualified and elaborated on your statements, as opposed to flippantly dismissing my genuine questions. It would be great to see / hear about some of the “relevant information” you talk of, or some evidence that flightpaths don’t actually make any difference to the teacher or children concerned. It seems to me a dangerous way to discuss education to simply brand something as “tosh” without any further explanation. If teachers (and others reading this) are to make informed decisions, I think your blog post leaves a little to be desired.

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