Monthly Archives: February 2014

Brain science and education: seeking the right connections

 Kevan Collins What can neuroscience tell us about education? This question elicits a wide range of responses from teachers, neuroscientists and educators – from the pessimistic “Nothing. What can a brain scan tell a teacher about what to do with

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How did Shanghai win this year’s Education World Cup?

Chris Husbands It was Finland. Before that it was Singapore. A long time ago it was West Germany. Now it is Shanghai. If there were an Education World Cup, Shanghai would currently be the holders. Shanghai’s performance in the 2012

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Posted in Chris Husbands, International comparisons, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

It’s half-term; do you know where your teacher is?

Karen Edge In my house, our teacher of importance is my partner. He is a late-entry, career-changing primary teacher in an inner-London school. As our son is still in nursery school, my partner remains the teacher-of-note in our family. He is OUR

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Addressing the bigger picture on teaching assistant interventions

Peter Blatchford It is good to hear the positive results from new studies, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation, showing that interventions carried out by teaching assistants (TAs) with small groups helped improve children’s results in the 3Rs. In fact

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Posted in Special educational needs and psychology, Teachers and teaching assistants, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

How class continues to drive the equality gap in England’s adult skills

Andy Green The latest OECD Survey of Adult Skills (SAS) generated much commentary on the relatively poor level of adult skills in England – particularly the revelation that on both literacy and numeracy tests young people scored no better than

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, International comparisons
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