Monthly Archives: January 2020

‘Too many tests for no good reason’: what do parents really think about primary assessment?

Alice Bradbury. The debate about testing in primary schools is usually dominated by teachers and unions – who decry the pressures associated with statutory test – and the government – who argue testing is necessary to hold schools to account.

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Childhood & early education, Education policy, Parents, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Are mental health problems among teachers on the rise?

More teachers are reporting mental health problems – but wellbeing may not have changed

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Posted in Teachers and teaching assistants

Holocaust Memorial Day: the kindertransport reminds us that we need more compassion for refugees today

Lord Alf Dubs wrote this piece for UCL’s Centre for Holocaust Education. Until I left Prague for the UK on the kindertransport in June 1939, I lived in Prague with my parents. The Germans occupied Prague in March 1939. My father, who

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Why mindfulness can have surprising effects on academic performance

Sebastian Boo. Mindfulness is a popular approach for boosting well-being. Intuitively, one would expect this technique to help students do better in their university studies.  However, my new research finds that, while mindfulness promotes wellbeing in all students – surprisingly,

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Posted in Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment, young people

‘Stuck’ schools: are Ofsted judgements stopping them from getting out of the rut?

Bernie Munoz-Chereau, Melanie Ehren and Jo Hutchinson. A few days ago Ofsted announced that they are seeking a ‘judgement-free approach’ to stuck schools. These schools have been consistently judged less than good for over a decade.  Ofsted believes that these Grades

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