Putting the Test in its Place
Teaching well and keeping the number crunchers quiet

Paper: 978 1 85856 834 8 / $21.95
Published: November 2017  

Publisher: Trentham Books
112 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/5"
Schools visited by Jon Berry demonstrate that in schools which collectively abide by the principles of teaching and learning, and not marketization, students achieve well. His research shows that we can still teach with creativity, energy and innovation, and that resistance to a regime of teaching to the test is both possible and rewarding.

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Kevin Courtney
1. What this book is about and what it sets out to do
2. The autonomy paradox: We'll set you free ... as long as you do what you're told
3. Seven different schools and one happy outrider
4. The mismeasurement of learning: The experts' view
5. Trust, values and principles: Still stubbornly hanging around
6. A state of Grace: Not just about surviving
7. More than a grade: Loving the subject at secondary level
8. A jewel shining in the gloom: What a school can do when principles take centre stage
9. Learning in your slippers: What might home-schooling tell us about schools and pedagogy?
10. So, what are we going to do about it? How to put the test in its place