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The book discusses two opposed models of school improvement: the deficit model (which assumes problems are someone’s fault) and the surplus model (which assumes problems are unintended systemic flaws). By aligning ourselves to a surplus model we can create a system of Intelligent Accountability.

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Creating the conditions for teachers to thrive

Uncertainty is a fact of life. You can never know enough to make perfect decisions. Understanding this helps us balance an awareness of our tendency towards overconfidence with an acceptance of our own fallibility. The book discusses two opposed models of school improvement: the deficit model (which assumes problems are someone’s fault) and the surplus model (which assumes problems are unintended systemic flaws). By aligning ourselves to a surplus model we can create a system of Intelligent Accountability.

The principles that make this possible are trust, accountability and fairness. While we thrive when trusted, unless someone cares about – and is holding us to account – for what we do, we’re unlikely to be our best. Some teachers deserve more trust and require less scrutiny than others, but in order to satisfy the demands of equality we end up treating all teachers as equally untrustworthy. The more we trust teachers, the more autonomy they should be given. To pursue a system of fair inequality we must accept that autonomy must be earned.

About the Author

David Didau is part-time English teacher, education consultant, conference speaker and writer. His award-winning blog, The Learning Spy, is one of the most influential education blogs in the world and he is also the author of the best-selling books The Secret of Literacy, What If Everything You Knew About Education Was Wrong? Making Kids Cleverer and Making Meaning in English. He also co-wrote What Every Teacher Needs To Know About Psychology with Nick Rose. He also co-hosts the YouTube show ‘It’s Your Time You’re Wasting’ every Friday with Martin Robinson.

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Author David Didau
ISBN 9781913622275
No of pages 220
Format Paperback
Publication Date 6 Nov 2020

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