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Feminism is everywhere, but so is sexism. Do teachers understand what this means in the classroom?

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Holly Maguire. When I was in Year 10, feminism was a word I vaguely associated with not wearing a bra, hating men and setting things on fire. But the world has moved on. Last term, one of my Year 10

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Is the solution to the teacher supply crisis already in our classrooms?

Rob Webster.  This week, The Economist carried an article on how education systems globally are improving the quality of teaching by looking inside “the ‘black box of the production process’ – or what others might call the classroom’.” It concludes

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Research into practice: a 5-point checklist

Chris Brown.  Last week, delegates to the American Educational Research Association held its enormous annual conference in Washington DC. Engaging with research and evidence as part of effective professional teacher development is an obvious topic for such a gathering of teachers, academics,

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Class size does make a difference – but 30 is not a magic number

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Peter Blatchford.  Here we go again. The arguments over class size are with us once more. Now there are worries about ‘supersized classes’ for young children in school, the result of pressure on school places and the current fragmented state

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‘Tragedy of the commons’: how the government abandoned the pursuit of teacher quality

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Chris Husbands. The ‘tragedy of the commons’ is a well-known tenet of public, and especially environmental policy. The ‘commons’ refers to a resource shared by many individuals who can use a portion of it for their own benefit. The tragedy

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