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Ofsted leaving La La Land

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With the appointment of Amanda Spielman as Chief Inspector is Ofsted finally emerging from La La Land? Is there at last an understanding that teaching to the test has caused catastrophic damage to many young people – both those who … Continue reading

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#Dear Justine: Helpful Hints – Part Two

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Here are some more thoughts from Twitter on what ought to be the priorities for the new Secretary of State for Education – Justine Greening. (See also our previous compilation of tweets using hashtag – #DearJustine.) https://3diassociates.wordpress.com/2016/07/15/dear-justine-helpful-hints-part-one/ As we said … Continue reading

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More on Mental Health Awareness Week, and PSHE.

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Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 regularly has features on education, children, wellbeing and mental health. This morning was no exception. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and Woman’s Hour ran a very good piece on the work that Place2Be … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the School Play

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Three scenarios, three acts. ACT ONE:            A school in a deprived area of Los Angeles. ACT TWO:           A fictional school in England, categorised by Ofsted as “failing”. ACT THREE:        A secondary school in England and the reality … Continue reading

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Managing mental health and children self-harming

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In the depths of the Guardian’s website today we found the following article (a website that still doesn’t carry an “education” link on its home page menu, in spite of our requests for it to do so: clearly football, fashion … Continue reading

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Physical Fitness, Wellbeing and Education. Time to get serious.

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Listeners to Radio 4 this week may have heard Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of UK Sport since 2003 and the FA’s new Head of Women’s Football, talking about the importance of sport, physical fitness and wellbeing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06ycwr0 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_Campbell,_Baroness_Campbell_of_Loughborough In the past … Continue reading

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Sir Michael Wilshaw, CentreForum and Comprehensive Education

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Earlier this month Sir Michael Wilshaw gave a speech at CentreForum – a charity that “develops evidence-based research to influence both national debate and policy making”. Wilshaw’s speech was largely focused on attainment and projected outcomes – as one would … Continue reading

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