The fear factor giving way to the peer factor | Graham Newell

The Whole Education Blog


The inspiring future of school improvement lies in the fear factor giving way to the peer factor.” Hargreaves and Shirley, 2010

This quote is incredibly powerful; it hints at a change in the attitudes towards professionalism over the last 30 years.  When I started teaching, teachers were considered rulers of their own classroom.

My first action as a newly qualified teacher was to cover up the window in the door so no one could see into my ‘kingdom’.  I was quite a good teacher, with outstanding exam results, but what I did was my business and I rarely interacted with colleagues on a professional basis. Today the picture is quite different.

The peer factor

I truly believe that teachers today are better trained and (usually) more open to collaboration and self-reflection than I ever was.  This leads to higher quality teaching and much higher standards.

I look at the enthusiasm…

View original post 349 more words


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s