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‘Loss of self’ and the accountability culture: why teachers are leaving the profession at a worrying rate

Jane Perryman.  I used to be a teacher and, like so many others, I left the profession. Perhaps this is why I’m so interested in finding out more about the long-standing problem of teacher attrition. Why do so many qualified

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Teachers and teaching assistants, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Exclusion and mental health difficulties: unravelling cause and effect and seeking answers in classroom practice

Amelia Roberts.  We are in an ‘exclusions’ crisis.With a rise in exclusions for three years running, we now have 40 children per day being permanently excluded across the UK. There is a clear link between exclusions and subsequent mental health difficulties.

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Special educational needs and psychology, Teachers and teaching assistants

Thinking allowed: teachers must reclaim their moral purpose

David Lambert.  Teachers, generally speaking, work incredibly hard. They work under highly controlled and high stakes conditions, and very publicly. So how do teachers feel about their work? Is teaching a confident profession? I believe that the profession, at least

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

DFE advice on student teacher workload misses what is learnt by planning lessons

Caroline Daly. The Department for Education has been looking for ways to reduce teacher workload. This week it published two further reports – one on shrinking the burden of data collection, and another called Addressing teacher workload in Initial Teacher

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

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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Posted in accountability and inspection, Evidence-based policy, Leadership and management, Teachers and teaching assistants
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