The Independent: John Hattie talks about British schools

Uniforms, academies, targets, class sizes: Are British schools worrying about the wrong things? John Hattie, author of Visible Learning and Visible Learning for Teachers, found that there are plenty of ways to improve performance in British schools. They’re just not the ones most people think they are.

In an interview with Richard Garner, Hattie argues that “instead of concentrating on eradicating the difference in performance between different schools, he argues, schools (and teachers) should be spending more time looking at the differences in performance within schools.”

The article also announces John Hattie’s Talk at the London Festival of Education 2012. You can watch a video of the panel discussion entitled “What makes great teaching? The global view” here.

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Visible Learning means an enhanced role for teachers as they become evaluators of their own teaching. Visible Teaching and Learning occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of students and help them become their own teachers.

Visible Learning plus is a professional development programme for teachers. It provides an in-depth review and change model for schools based on John Hattie's research. With a seminar and support series the Visible Learning plus team helps schools to find out about the impact they are having on student achievement.