Monthly Archives: October 2014

Looked after children: how can teachers help them achieve and thrive?

Claire Cameron “What did you do at the weekend?” It seems like an innocuous question to ask pupils at the start of the school week. But for children in the care system it can raise a whole range of uncomfortable

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Special educational needs and psychology

Learning from the Roma: sometimes communities themselves can tell us more than statistics

David Mallows At the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) we are working with colleagues in Dolný Kubín, Slovakia to develop and evaluate family literacy schemes with the Roma community as part of a project

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, International comparisons, International development

The National Agreement on teacher workload: where did it all go wrong?

Rob Webster The French have a saying for it: ‘plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’; the more things change, the more they stay the same. Today the Government announced the Workload Challenge. For most teachers and school leaders, this phrase is

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Posted in Education policy, Leadership and management, Teachers

GCSE Grade C: too much and yet too little for older students

Brian Creese For most of my years working in and around FE and Adult education I have not spent too much time thinking about GCSEs. Although GCSE re-sits account for a large cohort in the 16-18 sector, we at the

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Posted in Education policy, Further higher and lifelong education

Nicky Morgan’s new loom: weaving values into the curriculum

John White In her recent appearance before the Select Committee on Education, Nicky Morgan said that “we must not be shy about talking about fundamental British values.” She added that schools should promote values like mutual respect and equality between

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Posted in Education policy, learning, Schools
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