Right wingers trying to drag education back decades have suffered an embarrassing set back today.
The Tories have been on a crusade to get rid of modern teaching methods and return to a ‘knowledge-based curriculum’ since 2010.
It was an obsession of Michael Gove’s and the flame of ‘good old fashioned teaching’ is now being carried by Schools Minister Nick Gibb.
The prospectus says students will:
“Review the evidence calling into question popular but unproductive teaching methods such as discovery-based learning, minimal teacher guidance, and the tailoring of lessons to pupils’ individual learning styles.”
The programme director is Robert Peal, a history teacher at the West London Free School, which was founded by Toby Young.
Peal also spent a 12 month secondment at the Department for Education where he acted as a policy advisor and speech writer to Gibb, who recently gave a speech titled: “The importance of knowledge-based education.”
The Tories and their allies have a lot of political capital invested in the project.
So news today that Peal’s course has been discontinued just 5 months after it was launched represents a major failure of the dogma they’ve preaching for the past 7 years.
The Times Education Supplement reports that the course is being closed to new entrants for “strategic reasons.”
It reveals the content of a note sent to tutors by Peal:
“I am very sorry to have to tell you that the BPP programme will not be continuing next academic year. I spoke with the deputy dean of education services on Friday, and they explained that BPP had decided to withdraw the programme to new entrants….
“…Let me apologise again for this disappointing news. I was greatly looking forward to working with you next year, and am sad that this will no longer be the case. I wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavours.”
As in so many public services, Tory ideology fails when it’s put to the test…