Stuart McLaughlin –Written evidence (EDU0011)


I was a teacher for 36 years (retired in April 2020) and Headteacher for the last 17 years of my career.  I worked in a wide range of schools (LA, sponsored academies, stand alone academies and a MAT academy).  All of my schools served deprived communities.

I am concerned that the curriculum content and how we assess it is very similar to what I experienced in the 1970s.  The subjects and content are much the same and the terminal examinations are very similar to O level means of assessment.  That makes me question whether this is appropriate for preparing pupils for life in the twenty first century.  My thought are:

These are just my initial thoughts but would welcome an opportunity to be part of a broader discussion where I can expand on these ideas.


19 April 2023