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Generation Gifted: the statistical data behind the personal stories

  Heather Joshi.  While personal stories contain a depth of detail that cannot be collected on a grand scale, statistical evidence provides the background against which exceptional cases can be seen in wider perspective. BBC2’s ‘Generation Gifted’ documentary series is following six

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Children’s experiences of classrooms: drawing on the authority of their own voices

  Eleanore Hargreaves.  I was advising my daughter about her education when she remarked, ‘Well, I’m not like you!’ Children may experience classroom teaching in ways that, as teachers (or parents), we have not imagined. By finding out from children

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Helping the Education Secretary reach her full potential

John White.  A central aim of Education Secretary Justine Greening is ‘enabling children to reach their full potential’  . The idea comes into many of her speeches. It appeared in the DfE’s response to the head of OFSTED Amanda Spielman’s

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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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The experts who put storytelling, language and better paid teachers at the heart of early education

Thinking ahead. Shutterstock Natalia Kucirkova .  There are a lot of things to remember at the start of a new school term. Uniforms, sports kit, stationery equipment, activity clubs … Often forgotten are the names of the people behind the learning

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