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Government 'crackdown' on boring teachers

Published: Tuesday, 06 January 2009   Category: Public sector

Uninspiring teachers are to be targeted by Ofsted as part of new government attempts to improve achievement in the education system, it has been reported.

The chief inspector of schools, Christine Gilbert, says Ofsted inspectors will be asked to assess why pupils are not paying attention in class and how improvements can be made.

Speaking to the Guardian, she proposed that the changes to school inspections would bring about a "crackdown" on boring teaching.

Ms Gilbert adds: "People divorce teaching from behaviour. I think they are really, really linked and I think students behave much better if the teaching is good, they are engaged in what they are doing and it's appropriate to them."

She proposes that "low-level disruption" is often caused by children being bored and unmotivated in class, adding that higher teaching levels are needed in schools not just better management.

In other news this week, the Independent has reported that graduates are increasingly looking towards teaching as a career option due to the economic downturn.

Last week, the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) revealed there had been a 40 per cent rise in enquiries made through its website, as reported by the BBC.

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