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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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#Dear Justine: Helpful Hints – Part One

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With a new Secretary of State for Education comes a new hashtag – a polite “Dear Justine”, offering helpful advice and urgent pleas from teachers, educators and parents to Justine Greening. (Thanks to @TES for the suggestion of #DearJustine). It’s encouraging to … 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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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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Testing and Re-testing . . . and forgetting the individual child

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The news today that an incoming Conservative government would re-test children who “fail” their Year 6 SATs has shocked educators who may not have believed politicians could conjure up yet more preposterous and inappropriate policies. http://www.theguardian.com/education/2015/apr/07/tories-resits-pupils-fail-end-primary-school-exams-key-stage-2 Sadly experience tells us … Continue reading

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New Term, New Tests, New Way?

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It’s the start of a new term and with the onset of the summer season there comes the inevitable testing, ranking and report-writing. Stressed young people, exhausted teachers, concerned managers, perplexed parents – all affected by this arduous season of … Continue reading

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The ‘Standards Agenda’ and a Big Lie about Education

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It’s important to understand that correlation is not the same as causality. Statisticians understand this, and so should teachers, parents and politicians, many of whom have traded on a false assumption about an inability to reach Level 4 in English … Continue reading

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