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Helping the Education Secretary reach her full potential

John White.  A central aim of Education Secretary Justine Greening is ‘enabling children to reach their full potential’  . The idea comes into many of her speeches. It appeared in the DfE’s response to the head of OFSTED Amanda Spielman’s

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Back to teacher development’s big questions: what is education for?

John White.  The idea of a National Education Service (NES) is gaining speed. It’s described as “a scheme to join up the disparate elements of education, providing free lifelong learning from nurseries through schools to universities and adult education”. This

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, 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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Posted in Teachers, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Teacher supply: Government needs to take responsibility

Joseph Mintz.  According to a Department for Education (DfE) spokesperson, “the biggest threat to teacher recruitment is that the teaching unions and others use every opportunity to talk down teaching as a profession, continually painting a negative picture of England’s

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Posted in Education policy, Teachers

Queen’s Anniversary Prize: a time for reflection

Chris Husbands.  I’ve already written about my own departure from the IOE – leaving, in just a few weeks’ time, to become Vice Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University. As we all know, leaving one job and starting another is  a

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Posted in Education policy