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Class size and teaching: width and quality both matter

Peter Blatchford.  David Aaronovitch is a good journalist and there is much to admire in an article he wrote for the Times newspaper last week (‘Teachers must get out of their ideological rut’, January 26, 2017). I suspect however that he

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Jerome Bruner: ‘A life is a work of art, probably the greatest one we produce’

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Chris Watkins.  Jerome Bruner, one of the most influential writers of our times in the fields of psychology, culture and education died aged 100 on June 5 2016. His writing scored much more than a century: it set up enduring

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Bullying: What have longitudinal studies taught us?

Meghan Rainsberry.  The Department for Education (DfE) announced yesterday that 30,000 fewer children in England are experiencing bullying today compared to 10 years ago. This is a welcome finding as anti-bullying charities, schools, local authorities and others gear up for

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Now we can say something about prisoners’ basic skills levels

Brian Creese, NRDC & CECJS I know it is difficult for some of us educationalists to admit this, but Michael Gove’s arrival at the Ministry of Justice has been a breath of fresh air. He has already instigated a review

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Bruner scores a century!

Chris Watkins Yes, Jerome Bruner, currently Professor at New York University, will turn 100 on October 1. And in the snappy headline to this blog, it’s his scoring (writing) which has been one of the main contributions to so many lives

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