Monthly Archives: November 2015

Is a little knowledge a dangerous thing? Students, national narratives and history education

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 Jocelyn Létourneau and Arthur Chapman. Anxieties about national identity and its strengthening and preservation are common in countries around the world, and it is, of course, entirely natural that this should be so in times of great change, challenge and

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Schools causing concern: proposals should focus on capacity to improve

Melanie Ehren. The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation on ways to intervene in failing, underperforming and coasting schools. The document puts forward a new set of interventions specifically for ‘coasting’ schools, which are defined as those where

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Posted in Education policy, Leadership and management, Schools

Queen’s Anniversary Prize: a time for reflection

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Chris Husbands.  I’ve already written about my own departure from the IOE – leaving, in just a few weeks’ time, to become Vice Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University. As we all know, leaving one job and starting another is  a

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Bullying: What have longitudinal studies taught us?

Meghan Rainsberry.  The Department for Education (DfE) announced yesterday that 30,000 fewer children in England are experiencing bullying today compared to 10 years ago. This is a welcome finding as anti-bullying charities, schools, local authorities and others gear up for

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Research matters, Special educational needs and psychology, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

‘Tragedy of the commons’: how the government abandoned the pursuit of teacher quality

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Chris Husbands. The ‘tragedy of the commons’ is a well-known tenet of public, and especially environmental policy. The ‘commons’ refers to a resource shared by many individuals who can use a portion of it for their own benefit. The tragedy

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Posted in Education policy, Teachers and teaching assistants