Report: Traditional Teaching Best, Modern ‘Popular’ Styles Harmful

A landmark report by an educational charity has blown many long-held beliefs of the teaching profession about the effectiveness of “popular” modern practices out of the water, and has suggested more traditional methods are far more effective.

The report, What Makes Great Teaching, commissioned by the Sutton Trust and Durham University takes aim at “inefficient” and “ineffective” fashionable teaching methods such as “child centred learning” and “discovery learning”, which it claims is retarding the progress of young people in schools. It praises traditional, efficient methods and the establishment of clear rules for classroom behaviour, and anticipates the potential anger among the teaching community the report could generate.