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Remembering the Holocaust: a school’s story of compassion and connection

George Croxford.   The Wiltshire market town of Wootton Bassett is no stranger to remembrance and commemoration. Paying our respects, pausing to remember, to learn and show solidarity with those who grieve or suffer is perhaps what most people know

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Are educational networks the new panacea for system reform? Here’s how to ensure a more thoughtful approach

  Melanie Ehren.  In the last decade many countries have introduced policies to mandate or incentivise school networks. Examples are teaching school alliances and Multi-Academy Trusts in England, regional improvement consortia in Wales, area-learning communities in Northern Ireland, and networks

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School leaders: who sits at your table? And four more questions for the new year

Zachary Walker.  Every generation brings new faces, new ways of thinking and new challenges into our classrooms. In order to prepare students for the dynamic, exciting world they are entering, it is important that we understand and honour this generation

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The pupil premium is not working (part I): do not measure attainment gaps

Becky Allen.  On Saturday 8 September 2018 I gave a talk to researchED London about the pupil premium. It was too long for my 40-minute slot, and the written version is similarly far too long for one post. So I

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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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