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Teacher training and the ‘problem of more’ – how do we scale up without sacrificing quality?

Clare Brooks.  As schools begin a new term, many headteachers are faced with chronic gaps in their staffing. It is at this time of year that the teacher shortage is most keenly felt. At the same time teacher education and

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

Until the DFE understands curriculum its well-meaning pilots will run off course

Arthur Chapman and Sandra Leaton Gray.  Colleagues at the UCL Institute of Education were very excited a few weeks ago to see that the Department for Education had announced funding for a number of school-centred Curriculum Programme pilots worth £2.2 million. 

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Posted in Education policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Why haven’t we progressed further on supporting children’s speech and language needs?

Amelia Roberts. Ten years on from the Bercow Review (2008) and we are still hearing that it is a ‘scandal’ that children are even now starting school with impoverished language skills. Education Secretary, Damian Hinds MP, spoke this week at

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Posted in Education policy, Language and literacy, Special educational needs and psychology

We could end exam distress by removing the root cause: exams

John White The anxiety generated by school examinations is well-known. Responses to a Guardian call-out in May for views on the new GCSEs produced ‘an outpouring that was overwhelmingly – although not exclusively – negative. The more extreme responses included

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Posted in Education policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Disadvantaged pupils have less-qualified science teachers across the developed world, and other findings from PISA

Sam Sims.  The Programme for International Student Assessment is a well-known exercise in benchmarking pupil attainment in maths, science and reading across countries. PISA was first conducted in 2000 and five further rounds of results have since been published. Around

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Posted in Education policy, International comparisons, Teachers and teaching assistants
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