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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 […]

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Student Teachers as ‘Producers’ of Knowledge

As the Higher Education sector is increasingly being exposed to market forces, universities are ever more concerned about keeping students ‘satisfied’ to ensure their league table positions in the National Student Survey are maintained or improved. In this piece, Paula Stone…considers this and how universities need to move beyond a ‘listen and respond’ mode and […]

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We train dogs – we must educate teachers

The current politically driven directive to move teacher education into an apprenticeship model (DfE 2011) is the cause of deep-seated angst for me… the term ‘training’ has engulfed the profession, considering hands-on contact in lessons as being the key to developing future generations of highly effective teachers. I argue that a move in quite the […]

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