Session 79 – Teacher Collective Voice 2012

Thursday 5th January 2012. Session Title: How do we as the real education profs make our collective voice heard in 2012? It’s time many in our profession woke up to what is happening! (via @philallman1)

Session Summary:

It is difficult to summarise this session, as a lot of the feeling comes out through the tweets shared during the session. Therefore, please read through the tweets below, which should help you get a flavour of the discussion.

Notable tweets from the Session:

@eylanezekiel – #ukedchat Teachers voices wld be heard better & valued in policy if the culture of defensiveness was removed along w/  poor practitioners

@passionateaboot – @philallman1 @bellaale #ukedchat Broadcast your good practice and successes far and wide, with the resultant impact

@PeterSpencer88 – #ukedchat I agree that striking is rarely effective, but with a government that doesn’t want to listen, what else can we do?

@JOHNSAYERS – More open forum time for the public/ parents/MPs to see/hear great ideas initiatives so teachmeets in the open in cities etc #ukedchat

@mikemcsharry    – I’d tell them the future depends on giving you guys the chance to do the outstanding job   you’re  capable of #ukedchat

@bellaale – #ukedchat striking re pensions is one thing… getting our professional ideas across re policy issues is quite another…

@mikemcsharry    – Invite more business folks into your way of thinking – let them help to give you a voice #ukedchat

@mattpearson – Teachers views have not been heeded by politicians for 30 odd years.  We probably need a new breed of politician… #ukedchat

@mtiplady – Teachers portrayed in negative light too often in media…as well as most public sector. #ukedchat

@bevevans22 – #ukedchat There seem to be 2 areas for discussion here: sharing ideas with the wider teaching community & dealing with the political side

@davidhunter – what, ‘collectively’, do you all want to say?don’t we all gave different ideas about how things should be done, hence #ukedchat

@eylanezekiel – #ukedchat teachers have a lot more tools than strikes, and, like other prof groups, should use portfolios, research, and buying power more

@mattbuxton10 – Politics is about the collective whilst Education is about the individual; how about policies & ideas which place primacy on ind? #ukedchat

@SirBlimelyWindy – #ukedchat I fear that state education has been fatally splintered, with different schools being favoured

@mikemcsharry – Find out who will be the ‘thought influencers’ looking forward – and engage with them #ukedchat

@mattpearson – Seriously, the #ukedchat free school could work. 5 million quid from the tax payer, and we could do it all virtually… #ukedchat

@mister_jim – I think getting our point across needs to come through transparency of teaching/schooling & leadership #ukedchat

@dockers_hoops – In terms of having our voice heard, we need to be using new media instead of old and to collaborate as much as possible #ukedchat

@CliveSir – What percentage of teachers blog, tweet? How representative are you? #ukedchat

@passionateaboot – #ukedchat Can you look at this from a different perspective? Who changes hearts and minds successfully – how do they do it?

@dan_bowen    – @bevevans22 #ukedchat more Twitter more teachmeets more something New I feel.  Edu is settling down ….maybe the rise of New cpd models

@jemimaanderson – Teacher Learning Community inspired by Dylan Wiliam is one way to create environment where teachers are professionals  #ukedchat

@CliveSir – To get your voice heard you need to leverage media, with strong, coherent messages #ukedchat

@MrChambersRE – If kids are predicted below target, our fault. Over target, something’s dodgy. On target, not challenged #ukedchat #cantwin #teachers

@barton1875 – Lets remember who we are in this for. If it is good for the kids it is worth it no matter who knows about it, does it matter? #ukedchat

@kvnmcl – We continue innovating our teaching and celebrate  the learning that occurs from that innovation by sharing it with others #ukedchat

@Fiona_Davis – @janbaker97 I’ve learned more from #ukedchat and following teachers, than I have from the last goodness knows how many courses I’ve been on.

@PeterSpencer88 – #ukedchat as a supply teacher I feel so out of touch, Twitter is a great help for collaboration and ideas and encouragement

@jemimaanderson – Teachers have to embrace Learning Communities.  They are empowering and let us set the agenda for change in our classrooms.   #ukedchat

@Fiona_Davis – @PeterSpencer88 #ukedchat There is so much support here, and fresh ideas keep coming every day. The sheer enthusiasm of ed professionals….

@jemimaanderson – CPD should no longer be about rounding us up to fill our heads with content but teachers discussing their aims as professionals #ukedchat

@TheHeadsOffice – If I were a HT now I’d sort my staff out a twitter account, find out about TMs & either run or go to 1 instead of staff meeting!  #ukedchat

@kvnmcl – No hidden agendas/methods, share everything that works and doesn’t. Use any communication to get the message across #ukedchat

@Queen_Claire – Have met some influential people and discussed ideas with them through my uni. Would recommend doing PhD to any teacher #ukedchat

@CliveSir – The issues need focus – the message needs to be coherent and strong – you need champions, individuals or groups #ukedchat

@chrisleach78 – I’d love to work in a school where every teacher was EXPECTED to be on Twitter and blog #ukedchat

@EA_Holmes    – Ed writers should ideally be experienced educators. Much ed writing/comment not nuanced enough. Doesn’t challenge enough #ukedchat #values

@dockers_hoops – Until collaboration replaces competition we won’t genuinely improve and this is the key message which needs to be heard #ukedchat

@jamesdhobsonuk – Influencing policy is difficult because to get into influential position entails supporting orthodoxy. This has been me at times!  #ukedchat

@Heatherleatt – Lobby local politicians. Schools/acads still need to engage with LA as senior officers have contact with DfE and govt ministers #ukedchat

@davidErogers – Although tech helps me develop and I love being a geek, I still think that face to face is the way to build lasting relationships #ukedchat

@ianaddison – Whatever happens, I will continue sharing no matter what. It makes sense doesn’t it? #ukedchat

@jemimaanderson – Books and journals work for many.  No compulsory CPD.  Twitter and online learning is not for all.  Let teachers decide. #ukedchat

@mister_jim – a new idea – like an effective education system – will be rejected by the hegemony as it is radically different to existing policy #ukedchat

@CliveSir – @SirKenRobinson has a dig at Gove at 18’26” on the School of Life video #ukedchat

@mtiplady – #ukedchat doesn’t help when some misinformed people dont understand how twitter can b used positively.

@mberry – @chrisleach78 draft master teacher standards say “they engage with professional networks beyond the school” sounds like #ukedchat to me.

@Spencerayres – Has to come from within. Policy makers, Govt, leaders etc won’t make changes, so we as teaching practitioners have to force it #ukedchat

@GeorgeEBlack – #ukedchat the thing is the students we have now are going to leave us behind if we don’t change and then promote our teaching.

@philallman1 – We care, we do wonderful stuff, that its the best profession in world – if we R allowed 2 do it R way 4 the chn in front of us! #ukedchat

@BobToms100 – Don’t believe hype, don’t believe press & don’t believe the Gove… is it as simple as that? Don’t believe them, believe in urself #ukedchat

@MartindalePaul – Politicians not int in the professions voice – will have conv everyone to academies soon & we’ll just be a way of inc profits! #ukedchat

@TeacherToolkti – Profession needs positive PR to improve profile/respect/quality & outcomes. #Gove & limited #natcurr, #teachToTheTest doesn’t help #UKEdChat

@GeekPeter – #ukedchat I read in the press of a school where the Head was delighted with improving results, insiders say its terrible working there!

@mattpearson – Final thoughts. Teachers in Finland are very respected. All have MAs, and it is very very hard to become a teacher in Finland.. #ukedchat

@dockers_hoops – We need to show our profession at very best as much as possible. Positivity and celebrating success are crucial. Ed Essex? 🙂 #ukedchat

@MoreThanMaths – @Educationchat When my friends say that I usually offer to job swap for a week. No takers yet for my cushy job with short hours 🙂 #ukedchat

@In2schools – Been following a busy and idea bustling #ukedchat tonight with interest, observer rather than participant but lots to think about as result

@mattpearson – we need a national body to inform policy making based on research and evidence, A bit like NICE for the teaching… #ukedchat

@janeconsidine – Power to the people! Need coherent voice communicating our beliefs, feelings & ideas. Perhaps collected on a teacher’s voice site #ukedchat

@Spencerayres – So many amazing things happening in Education, we need to focus on the positive and look to the future of our students #ukedchat

@BobToms100 – I love my PLN, esp. during #ukedchat I will try my best here, esp. against the odds. Education & needs is not fully understood by many here.

Tweet of the Week:

@davidErogers – Gove isn’t in my classroom and we shouldn’t do anything for politicians or ofsted but cos it’s the right thing to do #ukedchat

@bobharrisonset – The purpose of education? e-petition for Commons debate #ukedchat
@amazingict – Great discussion, dont forget lots of us ex LA staff are in schools. Ive worked in 8 this week using #ukedchat


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#UKEDCHAT Next Week:

Next week, we are joined by @danhaesler, a UK educator now living and working in Australia. He was described as, “…doing wonderful work in incorporating some of the concepts of positive psychology with his vision of a 21st century education. His articles are both engaging and thought provoking.” (via

His questions are:

  • As a teacher. what do you see the purpose of education as being? Is this at odds with what society/businesses/govt see as being the purpose of education? How do you (do you have to?) reconcile this?
  • The Govt has decided that schools will have complete autonomy over the delivery of computers, design & technology and citizenship. Given that these are arguably the most important issues facing society in the 21st century what are our thoughts on this? How much resource will schools put into the aforementioned, when assuming these won’t be able to be assessed nation-wide, a la numeracy and literacy?
  • Academies – Friend or Foe?

You can vote at




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