…is from Dylan Williams of the Institute of Education for his idea that, according to today’s Metro, “Millions of pounds could be saved on educational spending if a ‘traffic light system’ showing pupils’ understanding was used”.
To be fair to Dylan Williams I tried to find more about this, given the tabloid press’ ability to get things totally wrong. Unfortunately I was unable to find anything on the Institute’s website or on-line research database.
According to the Metro, children would hold up a red, amber or green card. Red would mean that they did not understand what they had been taught, amber would mean partly understood and green would mean fully understood. How this is meant to save millions of pounds is not made clear, especially as Williams himself would appear to believe that it would cost £2,000 per class to implement.
Call me old fasioned but I believe that the current system whereby students put their hands up and ask for further explanation, or the teacher determines from the students written work whether or not they have understood, works well enough.
I do not know how much Williams’ work cost to undertake but frankly, if savings are to be looked for, there is the place to start.