The Skills of Outstanding Teachers

Posted by Paul on 27 May 2009 | 1 Comments

I have been writing the first of a series of articles for Teach Primary magazine. Here is an exclusive preview.

‘Children are excited by learning in many different forms. They are not interested in the three part lesson plan. They are not stirred by objectives or excited by responding to the, ‘Today we learned’, questions. The constraints on teaching are not placed there in the best interests of the children or teachers but so that others can, assess, rate, quantify, analyse and most of all inspect with a tick box’

‘Pretending that we have control over learning is leading us further down the dark data driven, utterly accountable, path. Beware the ‘units of learning’ trolls who guard the bridge. They will try and convince you that all learning is quantifiable. They will take your soul and replace it with ‘competences’ without flinching.’


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  • Hi Paul,
    I am currently a primary school teacher. I have just bought several of your books and found them very revealing. Thank you for your expertise.
    I am looking for ideas/resources on two key areas:
    1. Moving teaching from good to outstanding.
    2. I have just read your ideas on NAG in your most recent book. Where can I find further information on this?

    Thanking you in advance

    Posted by James Baguley, 21/07/2010 8:58pm (4 years ago)

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