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Governors: Stakeholders or Non-executive Directors?

As schools are given greater and greater powers over curriculum and teachers’ pay and performance, the business of governance and accountability comes under the spotlight. Statements by the Chief Inspector of Ofsted early this year spotlighted the role and perceived weaknesses of some governing bodies. What do we want from our school governors? What do […]

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How do you solve a problem like PISA?

Every three years the OECD produce a league table of what 15 year olds around the world can achieve in reading, maths and science. This time, they have added a fourth dimension: problem solving. In this piece, Graham Birrell suggests the new PISA tests themselves pose more problems than they solve. With a heavy feeling […]

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Children can be mathematicians too: it’s not about more learning – it’s about better learning

How do you successfully engage all pupils in their mathematics and encourage their enthusiasm for learning? Rejecting simplistic solutions such as more or narrow, results focused teaching, Dan Port and Sarah Rowntree, Year Six teachers at Meadowside Primary School in Gloucester, explain how they instead wanted to change existing practice and enable children in their school to get excited about problem solving and see themselves as mathematicians. This started with a whole school initiative known as Maths Detectives.

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International Conference – Foundations: Underpinning Christian Education?

Friday 11 – Sunday 13 July 2014. This conference is for those with a scholarly interest in Christian Education. The theme of the conference is reflection on the foundations that underpin different approaches to Christian Education. A particular goal for the conference is to encourage the next generation of Christian thinkers by supporting those studying for a postgraduate degree or involved in post-doctoral research.

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Master or Servant? The Error of Personalising Radical Unpopular Change in Schooling in England

To many in the teaching profession Michael Gove generates deep seated animosity. However, Andrew Lambirth, Professor of Education at the University of Greenwich, argues here that these feelings dangerously miss the point, and that teachers need to focus their attention far more heavily on the economy, not personality. Since the advent of the Conservative Party […]

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Are the effects of father absence on girls overlooked in primary schools?

Father absence is often conceptualised as a ‘boy problem’. There is, perhaps, a silent assumption that boys are hugely disadvantaged by father absence because they lose their male role model and then walk into a ‘feminised’ school environment…It is important to remember that both boys and girls are affected by their experience of paternal absence. However…it is important to note that (generally) boys and girls do react to this experience in very different ways…

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Where now for social justice? Call for conference papers

“Where now for social justice? The marginalisation of young people in the UK” This two day conference will be held at Canterbury Christ Church University on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 June 2014. We are seeking papers which challenge the dominant ideologies and notions of social justice that are driving current changes in social and educational policy. […]

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Edubury 3 on Looked After Children – Report and Videos

Sue Soan gave a key note presentation at Edubury 3, the East Kent based monthly meetup for all those interested in education. She presented the findings from her recent PhD on provision and support for Looked After Children who have experienced abuse or neglect.  Below is a report of the presentation including a full video. […]

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New Year’s Resolutions from a Believer in Promise

Like it or not, every school has an ethos. Good or bad, a school’s values inform and shape its curriculum, teaching styles, relationships and organisation. Pressures to make that ethos one of compliance, competition and risk-aversion have been great over past years; but more sustainable principles are on offer. My research, at the end of a long teaching career, involved asking what made my years in education and those of nine other colleagues, fulfilling…

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The Dangerous Notion of the Dispensability of Teachers

Nobody is going to argue that high levels of teacher stress and consequent attrition are a good way to run an education system; even if they (possibly) get ‘results’ in the short-term, their longer-term damage is both an educational and a moral hazard…

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