Session 344: What is ‘outstanding’ in education?

Thursday 9th March 2017, 8pm via #UKEdChat on Twitter

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It is a beacon many professionals aspire towards, and the notion of being labelled as ‘outstanding’, or not, by others can make or break schools, teachers, and students. There are times where the label ‘outstanding’ is made by subjective criteria, or judgements are made based on data sets. Either way, aspiring to be outstanding remains high on the agenda for many within education – but what, exactly, is outstanding?

Following on from the #UKEdChat poll, this session will explore the notions of ‘outstanding’, looking at what this all means for different people within education.

The session will ask:

  1. As a teacher, how do you define an ‘outstanding’ practitioner?
  2. Your school leadership will place an emphasis of receiving an ‘outstanding’ rating, but how does this trickle down to staff and pupils?
  3. How can teachers instil a sense of ‘outstanding’ learning in all students?
  4. How can we create judgements to achieve ‘outstanding’ in an open and fair way?
  5. What does a label of being anything below that of ‘outstanding’ do upon a school culture?
  6. What strategies can we all put in place to ensure that everyone is achieving ‘outstanding’ within their own right?

If there are any additional questions, or points, you think should be raised during this discussion session, please scroll down to the foot of this page and add comments. All viewpoints will be considered.

Join the #UKEdChat session on Thursday 9th March 2016 from 8pm, via the Twitter hashtag.

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