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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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Why teachers in London’s most diverse schools believe Brexit threatens British values

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Miri Yemini.  It has now been six months since the referendum results revealed British voters’ decision to withdraw from the European Union, and schools in London are beginning to adjust to this new phase of history. As schools are now

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Posted in Education policy, Social sciences and social policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Talking their language: how London’s university-school partnerships are helping to tackle the MFL crisis

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Caroline Conlon.  In the ‘Modern Foreign Languages Pedagogy Review’ published last November by the Teaching Schools Council for the Department for Education, Review chair Ian Baukham paints a bleak picture of language learning in England’s secondary schools. He says, ‘… currently fewer than half

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In the era of ‘post-truth politics’ enabling people to take democratic action is more important than ever

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Titus Alexander.  We may feel like spectators as Brexit and the Trump Presidency unfold, but no one is a bystander. We will either be hit, or act to influence their impact. Educators have a special responsibility to help people make

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

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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