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Ofsted has turned our attention back to what makes a good curriculum. We now need better answers

 John White. Ofsted has begun consulting on a revised draft inspection framework. The inspectorate wants to move away from an over-reliance on results and to focus on how these have been achieved – ‘whether they are the result of broad

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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

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

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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Yes Ministry: writing project gives creativity a boost

Dominic Wyse If you agree that the Primary National Curriculum for English is too complex and over-loaded with detail, try a little experiment. See what happens when you take the 2014 Music Curriculum and adapt it appropriately. My team and

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Subject to change: here we go EBacc again

Chris Husbands. The Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has begun to flesh out plans to make the English Baccalaureate – English, Mathematics, Science, History or Geography and languages – all but compulsory for 14-16 year olds in England. The idea that

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