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“The Bakers rose through education” – Reflections on “Reflections”

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“The Bakers rose through education. They thought education is the most important thing in life” – Kenneth Baker “Baker Days” were/are the days set aside for teachers’ in-service professional training. This week, thanks to BBC Radio 4, we learned something … Continue reading

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GCSE results day – and consequences for heads

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It’s GCSE results day and we’d like to add our congratulations and best wishes for those who are pleased with their results – and express our sympathy for those who are less happy. Please remember these results are NOT the … Continue reading

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More and More Testing . . .

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As the Easter fortnight draws to a close and teachers step up their preparations for the Summer term we’ve been hearing reports of Year 6 children going into school every morning for at least the past week in order to … Continue reading

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“They don’t know what they’re good at”

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This may be a good time to think about the human qualities that drive people to act in ways that are altruistic, charitable, loving, philanthropic and show concern for humanity and social justice. Why do some people appear to be … Continue reading

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Still Seeking Answers to Social Mobility and School Improvement

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Is it just us, or is Guardian columnist Estelle Morris (Baroness Morris of Yardley to all of yows) still the same fence-sitting New Labourite who knows little about Primary practice and pedagogy she always was? Is it just us, or … Continue reading

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PISA: Ingredients for Educational Success

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Measuring Student Success Around the World Interesting Findings of the OECD 2010 PISA Survey Andreas Schleicher directs the Programme for International Student Assessment. He presents the major trends illustrating education systems’ performance and necessary…

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Standards, Attainment and Achievement – Can We Be Clear What We’re Talking About?

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Consider this powerful and shocking headline from a recent newspaper article: Schools ‘face talent drain’ as morale of teachers dives: Poll shows thousands are thinking of quitting as former Ofsted chief warns of widespread disillusionment http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/may/12/schools-face-talent-drain By Daniel Boffey Morale … Continue reading

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