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Children are analogue beings navigating a digital world

  Sandra Leaton Gray.  If you are a child today, you live your life almost completely in the public domain. Your baby photographs might be on Facebook before the first nappy change. By the time you start primary school, you

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Posted in ICT in education, Leadership and management, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Growth of Multi-Academy Trusts: do we need to put the brakes on?

Melanie Ehren.  Yesterday, the House of Commons Education Committee issued its report on Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) with the key headline of: ‘MPs concerned about performance, accountability and expansion of multi-academy trusts’. The report issues a number of recommendations, all of which

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Posted in Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Leadership and management, Schools

Summit to think about: what will Chinese visitors learn from our emerging apprenticeship system? And what can they teach us?

Martin Doel.  In December, Education Secretary Justine Greening led a small delegation to the latest UK China Education Summit in Shanghai, part of the wider UK China ‘People to People Dialogue’. When arriving in China you anticipate striking differences in our

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, International comparisons, Leadership and management

Reclaiming the future: schools where children belong even in a volatile world

Kathryn Riley. I’ve had to grit my teeth many times of late, before engaging with the ‘News’: the fragile and alien social and political landscape; the unfolding stories of the sexual abuse of our children and young people; the discourse

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Posted in Leadership and management, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

How can school leaders who exclude foster a climate of belonging?

Kathryn Riley.  There are some depressing statistics in the air at the moment: it must be the change in the seasons. They include an increase in hate crimes post Brexit – which led the Big Issue (September 26-October 2nd) to

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Posted in Leadership and management