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The freedom to make decisions about teaching assistants is nothing new, but now school leaders have the means to unlock their potential

Rob Webster Over the last five years, schools in England have been granted an unprecedented level of freedom. An increasing number of state schools now decide for themselves which children are admitted, the curriculum they follow, who to appoint to

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Posted in Leadership and management, Teachers and teaching assistants

London Festival of Education puts a spotlight on children’s well-being and mental health

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Vivian Hill Last week, the Duchess of Cambridge launched the first children’s mental health week on behalf of Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity. The message was clear, mental health challenges are not a sign of weakness but a normative

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

Come to the London Festival of Education, where serendipity knocks

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Karen Edge Education systems innovate. They can’t seem to stop. Tweaks in practice and radical policy overhauls have been too numerous to count. Innovations often pass too quickly for their subtle and sustained influences on the system, schools and students

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Posted in Education policy, Further higher and lifelong education, Social sciences and social policy

Moving on from the class size debate: a new project with a practical purpose

Peter Blatchford The head of the OECD PISA surveys, Andreas Schleicher, has been called the most powerful man in education. On  the BBC website this month he described 7 big myths about top-performing school systems. Myth number 4 in Schleicher’s list

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Posted in Education policy, Research matters, Teachers and teaching assistants, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

London Festival of Education: vibrant, unpredictable, so much more exciting than golf

Chris Husbands I remember an occasion early in my teaching career when I went to try to see my headteacher at the end of a school day. His secretary (there were no PAs in those days) told me that he

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Posted in Education policy, ICT in education, Leadership and management, Schools, Teachers and teaching assistants, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment
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