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Hopeful parents of summerborns left out in the cold

In September 2015, The UK Minister of State for Schools Nick Gibb released a statement which stated that summer born children in England starting their school lives at compulsory school age (CSA) of 5 would be allowed to start in reception class and stay with that younger cohort throughout their education rather than be forced […]

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Bringing the teacher back in: Reconceptualising the school curriculum as jazz

…If we see the curriculum as jazz then we can see that there are guidelines given but that the teachers are encouraged to ‘own’ the processes and adapt the content, the presentation and the organisation as they see fit. In this way they can become curriculum ‘makers’ as well as curriculum ‘deliverers’.

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Whatever happened to Social Class?

In this piece Mathew Brown and Chris Carpenter explore how social difference was presented in Educational Policy under the Coalition Government and suggest that this can be located in previous administrations and are consistent with wider political imperatives. Introduction From the earliest times in modern civilisation people have organised themselves into sub-groups based on religious […]

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The Curriculum Challenge

…the current curriculum manifestly fails to address what is arguably the central challenge of current times…Global climate change is no longer just a matter for scientific debate – it has become a political, social, economic and ethical problem as well. Schools have yet to fully appreciate how this is likely to impact on their practice.

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Fundamental British Values in the Early Years – a dilemma for the sector

Leaders and practitioners in the early years have paused for thought when faced with the statutory requirement to promote Fundamental British Values in their settings. Blogs and sector events have seen a plethora of questions as early years practitioners search for the meaning of FBV and the implications for their work with children from birth […]

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Performance Related Pay and the Rise of Authoritarianism in Schools

During the final term of last year I heard numerous stories from highly stressed teachers, all worried about not receiving an incremental pay rise owing to anxiety over whether their pupils’ test scores were going to hit designated targets. To put it mildly, these teachers didn’t seem fans of the new performance related pay system…

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