Who’s responsible for my students’ folders?

Improving Teaching

[The decline in educational standards] is not the fault of the teachers – they work only too hard already.  The combined folly of a civilisation that has forgotten its own roots is forcing them to shore up the tottering weight of an educational structure that is built on sand.  They are doing for their pupils the work which the pupils themselves ought to do.”
Dorothy Sayers, 1947 (quoted in Martin Robinson’s Trivium 21C)

My students’ folders have check sheets, documenting their state and (usually) academic targets).  With Sayers’ words in mind, I invite readers to examine this one:


What should I do?  The crosses, and the ‘R’s (Recheck) suggest this student can’t or won’t organise the folder.  I’m certain it’s the latter: he’s competent; he has a contents list; most students’ folders are fine.  I could fix the problems in five minutes.  If anyone (Ofsted or colleagues) sees this, I’ll get it in the…

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