Monthly Archives: May 2013

Should we raise class sizes and reduce the number of Teaching Assistants?

Peter Blatchford Ask any teacher about whether class size matters and the chances are they will say that of course, a smaller class allows for better teaching and learning. Ask any teacher whether having a teaching assistant (TA) in the

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Do teachers need to understand what they are doing?

John White Do teachers need to understand what they are doing? Most of us, I presume, would think this a silly question. It stands to reason that teachers, like doctors or politicians, must have a good understanding of the purpose

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The predictive value of GCSEs and AS-levels: what works for university entrance?

Chris Husbands Key Stage 4 and 5 qualifications are again at the centre of a controversy: which are most useful for fair university admissions – GCSEs or AS-levels? This matters because the DfE has announced that AS-levels are to become

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Schools play a critical role in helping young people find their sense of place

Kathryn Riley Our young people inhabit a planet of increasing diversity and complexity. In a world of ongoing transformation, they need to find their place. Place is a powerful notion: the place where I am from, the place where I

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Is the new SPaG test for 11 year olds the best way to improve grammar, punctuation and spelling?

Julia Douëtil Grammar, punctuation and spelling matter! Whether we like it or not, they influence the way we are perceived in speech and writing. Actor Alexander Armstrong complained recently of unreasonable prejudice against people with posh accents and he is

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