Impact is the trade magazine of England’s Chartered College of Teaching. The Chartered College has had a bumpy ride so far. Despite the failure of its initial crowd-funding campaign, it was rescued by the injection of a massive five million pounds by the British government, currently controlled by The Conservatives. This has, amongst other things, allowed the College to launch Impact.
There has been a lot of criticism of the College since its inception. While teachers generally favour the establishment of a grassroots, teacher-led movement to represent them and their views, there have been questions as to whether the College is any of these things. Associate members, for instance, don’t have to be actual teachers. And teachers always fear that their institutions will be captured by the same old educational establishment that has captured all the other education bureaucracies and that has a habit of foisting performative gimmicks on them in the service of a deeper ideology.
In January, the College announced that the summer issue of Impact would be edited by Jonathan Sharples of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and would focus on the question-begging notion of developing effective learners. I speculated that this would centre on the EEF’s toolkit strand of ‘metacognition and self-regulation‘. In response, Sharples suggested I submit an abstract:
So I took up this offer and submitted an abstract for a perspective article, which is essentially an opinion piece.
The abstract was accepted and I was asked to write the article. This was then subjected to a peer review process involving seven reviewers. I tweeted the details earlier today:
To put it succinctly, the reviewers spotted few factual errors and the main objections were about tone and the fact the reviewers disagreed with my opinions. I don’t intend to change my opinions as a result of this process and I won’t rewrite my opinion piece so that it expresses opinions that I don’t hold.
So my article won’t appear in Impact, sadly. And I’ve spend a lot of time on this.
Hopefully, it won’t be a complete waste of effort because I will publish the piece on this blog. If I gain permission, I will also post the review comments and I will invite the reviewers to come forward and continue the conversation. If not, I will paraphrase what the reviews said.
Watch this space.