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Should prison officers be recruited to support behaviour in schools?

Amelia Roberts. Last month The TES revealed that prison officers are being sought by recruitment agency Principal Resourcing to deal with ‘behaviour issues and disruptions’ in Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate and Wakefield. The image this conjures up is rather unfortunate, and

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Posted in Special educational needs and psychology, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Michael Young: fighting for working class students’ access to knowledge

John Morgan.  The Guardian Education section last week published a profile of Michael Young, Professor of the Sociology of Education at UCL. Its author, Peter Wilby, charts what he saw as Young’s dramatic shift from countercultural figure on the educational

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

New plan for RE needs to consider how secularism over two centuries fundamentally reshaped the world and helped plant the seeds of religious extremism

Reza Gholami.  The Commission on Religious Education (CORE)’s report, Religion and Worldviews: a national plan for RE affirms “the central importance of learning about religious and non-religious worldviews for all pupils, regardless of their background, personal beliefs or the type of

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

Exams shape students’ future life chances. It is vital to share our knowledge on how we set and maintain standards

Tina Isaacs and Lena Gray.  As we wind down from a relatively calm examination season – even with the introduction of new examinations this year – some of us continue to mull over the idea of ‘standards’ in examination systems.

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Posted in accountability and inspection, International comparisons, Research matters, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment
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