Monthly Archives: June 2014

London’s 300 languages are a boon for all the capital’s children

Catherine Wallace The Chief Inspector of Schools, Michael Wilshaw, has hit the headlines again, this time with the suggestion that schools should be able to fine parents if they don’t read to their children. There are many reasons why this

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TALIS: A complex and realistic picture of teachers and teaching around the world

Chris Husbands  What do we really know about teaching and teachers in England’s schools? What is teaching in England really like by comparison with other jurisdictions? Too often, discussions about teacher effectiveness, teacher appraisal, professional development and job satisfaction appear

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

TAs: only a research-policy-practice trialogue will lead to evidence-based policy-making

Rob Webster The economists are at it again! This time last year, the Reform think tank outlined cost-saving measures that, it claimed, could be made without damaging pupils’ education. Chief among them was cutting the number of teaching assistants (TAs)

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

British values: democracy and respect must also apply to the way curriculum is built

Chris Husbands Denis Healey tells the story. On the eve of South Yemen’s independence, its last British governor hosted a party attended by Healey, who was then minister for defence. Over drinks, as the flag was about to be lowered, the

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Birmingham’s ‘Trojan Horse’ saga: partnership and trust are what are needed now

Chris Husbands The inspection report is glowing: “This is an outstanding school… Teaching is outstanding overall… The curriculum is outstanding… Students behave exceptionally well in lessons…” In 2013, 75% of all its pupils attained five GCSEs grades A*-C including English

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Posted in Chris Husbands, Social sciences and social policy