Challenge, Challenge, Challenge!


I’m always banging on about challenge. I do this in lots of different ways. For example, I frequently vent my disdain for “learning passports” and their equivalent (those little excuse cards in the students’ planners that encourage them to believe they can’t read aloud or that they mustn’t attempt to construct their own paragraphs without having all the words or phrases they need given to them first). I also get annoyed at the fact that most schools still place students in sets and teach the bottom set easy texts (or easy maths or BTEC Science) and the top sets get to do the good stuff. And sometimes I moan about how easy the novels we expect our students to read in KS3 are. No matter the day or time, I usually find some excuse to bang on about challenge, or the lack of it.

As teachers, it is our job…

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