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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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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

Teacher training and the ‘problem of more’ – how do we scale up without sacrificing quality?

Clare Brooks.  As schools begin a new term, many headteachers are faced with chronic gaps in their staffing. It is at this time of year that the teacher shortage is most keenly felt. At the same time teacher education and

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It’s official: school budget cuts have finally caught up with teaching assistants

Rob Webster.  The latest school workforce statistics, released by the Dept for Education, confirm what survey after survey have been telling us for months: schools are losing their TAs. The government started publishing school workforce data 21 years ago. This is the

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