The problem with all these headlines is that those who are not in regular contact with the education system increasingly believe that all schools are dumbed down, full of disruptive students and doing nothing to prepare students for the world of work. This of course is untrue and the majority of parents and students are very happy with the education they are receiving.
Despite what some politicians and writers might think, there are no winners in this sort of battle - all that will happen is that excellent prospective teachers will be turned off the profession and excellent prospective heads will not want to risk taking up leadership positions.
How do we turn this around? The problem is that it seems too easy to produce and publicise bad news - and not enough good news is being produced. I recently wrote an article on unearthing good news in a school - what about a national programme to do the same?
What if schools, unions and the Government declared a truce for a few weeks and decided to focus on good schools, good teachers, new innovations in schools, and individuals succeeding against the odds (and stopped the phoney war over exam results and league tables!). What about a website that showcases good news from schools - unearthed by a network of teachers and schools marketers?
My personal recent contribution would be the amazing EPQ project I was proud to supervise last year - research by an 18 year old into an aspect of evolution that would have put a doctoral student to shame and was praised by a Russell Group academic (not what you'd expect to see in the national press!). Or I could cite the students who went to Peru and helped in an orphanage over the summer? Or the student who arranged an industrial visit for her classmates last week? Or the teacher who has arranged free lectures for local schools for the last 16 years?
The website www.goodnewsfromschools.org.uk is free - anyone want to register it?
UPDATE: Following Victoria's challenge, I've registered the domain name. Any stories to post?