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The "Good Enough" Teacher

This is one of those "thinking out loud" posts.  I'm not entirely sure what I'm trying to say, nor that my argument holds water, and I suspect that I am simply paraphrasing Dylan William. But I'll put it out there and see what you all think! At the risk of being accused of setting up a straw man,  I get the impression when I speak to some teachers about school improvement that they have the following model in their minds: There is level of teaching competence which is "good enough"; Action needs to be taken if teachers fall below this level or fail to reach it; It is the job of PTs and SMT to discover those teachers who are not "good enough" and do something about them - this is what we mean by "quality assurance".  I'll call this the "good enough" model. This model is dead and gone from Scottish education, if it ever really existed. It is replaced, I hope, by something like this: Every teacher