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Why data driven approaches are improving education

As I suspected you do see the fairly obvious benefits of publishing and collecting data. Your real concern – shared by plenty of others – is how the data is used by Government for the purposes of accountability…But the right question isn’t “does accountability have any negative effects” but “do the positive effects of accountability […]

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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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Sleep-walking into the Future

The challenge of trying to live equitably and sustainably on a finite planet will undoubtedly provide the context for the lives of children who are at school today. Yet the proposals for the new national curriculum marginalise and exclude environmental issues. Why has there been so little protest?

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Should education policy have a speed limit? Slowing down the process of change

Over the past 15 years policy development in English education has seen an ever more acute acceleration…Since the Coalition government has taken power, this need for accelerated policy development has continued. Much of the educational landscape is seeing radical change, sometimes untried and untested, sometimes not even seeing initial implementation before being abandoned or changed…

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Drowning in Numbers

The current education system has an overload of numbers. Everywhere you turn, there they are: from the percentage of passes at GCSEs, to SATs results, to Ofsted grades, to PISA scores, it just goes on and on. The amount of numerical data published on each school is mind blowing, if not mind numbing….I have a […]

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The view from my ivory tower: a response

On March 19th I was one of the one hundred signatories of a letter suggesting that the draft curriculum was too dependent on dry facts, over-prescriptive, untrusting of teachers and narrow. We feared such a curriculum would demotivate many children by failing to develop their interests, hamper their ability to think critically and creatively and […]

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