Monthly Archives: September 2017

If you run on your own you run fast, but if you run with a team you run far

Earlier this month the IOE hosted a hugely inspiring lecture by the 2017 Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize winner, Maggie MacDonnell. Maggie has spent the last six years teaching in a fly-in Inuit village called Salluit, nestled in the Canadian

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Could We Get the Best Teachers into the Most Deprived Schools?

Sam Sims In a recent IOE London blog post, Professor Becky Francis highlighted wide and persistent gaps in GCSE attainment and university entry rates between rich and poor pupils. This follows the recent Social Mobility Commission report, which argued that

Posted in Education policy, International comparisons, Schools, Teachers

What knowledge should we teach the next generation? the most important question in education

Alex Standish writes a letter to beginning teachers.   Dear Beginning Teachers, The school curriculum is about what knowledge to teach the next generation. There is no more important question in education. It is the main reason why children go

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Posted in Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Do biomarkers explain why some people are happier than others?

Alex Bryson and Petri Böckerman What makes us happy? It sounds a simple enough question. Intuitively, we know what we like – being with friends, going to the movies. In the moment, we know what’s likely to make us happy. Evidence from

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Posted in Research matters, Special educational needs and psychology

Reception baseline assessment: dangerous, inappropriate and flawed data

Alice Bradbury and Guy Roberts-Holmes.  In its response to the consultation document Primary Assessment in England  the Government announced its intention to make baseline assessment statutory (along with the existing EYFS Profile) from Autumn 2020. Justine Greening’s Ministerial forward states

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy