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We need to talk about subjects – and to know what great subject-specific professional development looks like

Philippa Cordingley and Toby Greany. We need to talk about how teachers become expert – not just at teaching, but at teaching across different subjects. All too often in education we get side-tracked by debates about issues such as high

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OFSTED: we need a brand new model, not just a re-spray

Frank Coffield.  In September 2019 Ofsted will introduce a new Framework of Inspection and it has already begun to work on revising the current version. That timescale and the arrival of a new Chief Inspector offer the chance of change,

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Are private schools better managed than state schools?

Alex Bryson and Francis Green.  In recent years governments of all hues have urged private schools to sponsor state schools to help raise education standards. In 2012 Lord Adonis, who had earlier been Labour’s Minister for Schools, argued that successful

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Sexual harassment at school: What can young people’s gender based activism tell us?

Jessica Ringrose and Hanna Retallack.  To teachers, students and researchers in the field of gender and education, the findings in the recent report “Sexism in Schools: ‘It’s just everywhere’ were not surprising. The study, commissioned by the National Education Union

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Lesson study: new evaluation did not do this valuable type of teacher development justice

Sarah Seleznyov, with members of the Collaborative Lesson Research Group*. “If there is no impact on teaching and learning, then that (intervention) is not lesson study”.  (Akihiko Takahashi at a workshop in London, 7 December 2017) Having looked forward to

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