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The Finnish System of Education, Part Two

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As outlined in our previous post, the curriculum in Finland is continually under review – and those who review it are educational professionals, including senior teachers in schools. Changes to the basic curriculum are not subject to political or bureaucratic … Continue reading

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The Finnish System of Education

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In our recent post – about teachers quitting the profession and the dire shortage of qualified teachers in England – we said we’d publish a reminder as to why Finland’s system of education is internationally respected, and why Finland is … Continue reading

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Teachers quitting and a government in denial

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In Finland teaching is the most respected profession. It attracts the best, the most able and the most creative young people, and it’s the most difficult profession to enter on account of its popularity and prestige. In England things are … Continue reading

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#teacheroath: Swearing not Pledging

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Out-trending #xfactorresults last night was #teacheroath – a twitterstorm of response to a hashtag started by @teacherROAR. As someone said – who but teachers would give up part of their Sunday evening to take part in such an “event”? (Yes … Continue reading

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GCSEs: Which Side Are You On?

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First the good news. The Guardian published an article this week posing the question, “What is the point of GCSEs?” http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/aug/19/are-gcses-still-relevant-education-training-age-18 It has followed this up with a column in todays’s paper written by Peter Wilby:   GCSEs are obsolete … Continue reading

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Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted and Early Years Education

To say that we’re aggrieved by Sir Michael’s latest statement that all children should have “structured” learning in school from the age of 2 is an understatement. And to think that he’s insistent that Ofsted is politically independent of the … Continue reading

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OECD: PISA on Problem-Solving

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OECD has released the results of the first PISA assessment of creative problem solving this week. 85,000 students from 44 countries did a computer-based test to identify whether they could transfer their knowledge into solving real-life problems. http://www.oecd.org/education/singapore-and-korea-top-first-oecd-pisa-problem-solving-test.htm There’s some … Continue reading

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