Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Government was right: as the 2010 White Paper said, the best systems “train their teachers rigorously”

Chris Husbands “The evidence from around the world shows us that the most important factor in determining the effectiveness of a school system is the quality of its teachers. The best education systems draw their teachers from the most academically

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Posted in Chris Husbands, Leadership and management

The primary English curriculum: command of language or language of command?

Dominic Wyse Primary children should develop a “love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment”, according to the Government’s proposed new English curriculum. I couldn’t agree more. An early introduction to the wonderful range of children’s books will enrich their

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Posted in Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Let’s do (school) lunch: lessons in social and emotional development can never replace the real thing

Ed Baines and Peter Blatchford School lunchtimes have been stirring up a lot of interest. Jamie Oliver’s campaign to improve school meals has been very successful and the Children’s Food Trust has picked up the mantle to help schools improve children’s

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Posted in Childhood & early education

In Holland nearly half of primary teachers are men. Why is our workforce so feminised?

Chris Husbands The Teaching Agency reported this week that the number of men training to become primary school teachers has increased by more than 50% in England in the last four years and was rising at five times the rate

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Posted in Chris Husbands, International comparisons, Teachers and teaching assistants

Why 2012 will forever be seen as a milestone year in higher education policy

Paul Temple The Institute of Education’s MBA in higher education management  marked its tenth anniversary with a conference on the theme “Managing higher education in the post-2012 era”, with papers given by graduates of the programme. The title reflected the view

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education
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