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Reported today that Ofsted has discovered mis-diagnosis and erroneous provision for over 700,000 children with special educational needs. The example ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Assessment
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The first edition of the UK Highway Code lists the road signs motorists of the early 1930s would encounter. Here's the one for School. Go figure. &... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Curious Cabinet
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Here's a message to all teachers and school leaders beginning a new school year: You are valuable. You are doing essential work. In fact you have cho... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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Lord Putnam's rally-call We Are The People We Have Been Waiting For concludes that a rich and worthwhile education equally values academic and non-aca... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Mindset/Skillset
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Just back from a couple of weeks in northern Brittany and the chance to try out soft cheese, empty beaches, good wine and O-Level French. When in Fran... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Assessment
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"Ministers are committed to giving schools more freedom from unnecessary prescription and bureaucracy. They have always made clear their intentions to... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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Judgement aside on the likes of Tony Hayward (pot £10.4 million, annual pension £600,000) and Fred Goodwin (similar) and on the UK's massive overdraft... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Learning
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“I’m an unashamed traditionalist when it comes to the curriculum,” Mr Gove said. “Most parents would rather their children had a traditional education... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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OK - site transfer nearly complete - just waiting for video and forum licenses to come thru then good to go. Right now 40 of you are taking a look - t... [Read on ...]

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It's not like switching a light on and off I now realise - switching to a new website goes bit by bit over a few days - especially with 11,000 re... [Read on ...]

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Thinking Classroom version 4 will be launched this week. Less blogging and tweeting from me than usual due to working on the new content, pages a... [Read on ...]

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"I can sort this. There is a way to sort this": (teacher fixing a problem in front of her class - the Teachers' TV clip had reset itself to the star... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Mindset/Skillset
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In Northern Ireland this week and greeted one morning by a SAT NAV first: Programmed in origin & destination, route calculated, then it announ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Mindset/Skillset
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The financial axe has swung. Education ducked at just the right time. Apart from BECTA. Do we think, "Oh, we're OK" (schools, Sure Start, 16-19), ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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Do a quick 'educational audit': 1. How good do you feel about your job? 2. How well resourced, supported and trained are you? 3. What sort of ... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Teaching
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Inspiring documentary and movement to evolve education into something more fit for purpose. http://www.wearethepeoplemovie.com/ http://www.youtube.c... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Schools
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Major teaching unions have voted to boycott SATs. Heads, teachers, governors and parents all have their views. The government's position is clear: htt... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Assessment
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'Learning' mentioned in .pdf Conservative Manifesto: Twice; Labour: 20 times; Lib Dem: 3 times. Go figure

Posted in: Policy & Politics
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1. Create a grid of activities cross-referencing MI and Bloom's (e.g Visual/Synthesis = create a 6 frame cartoon strip; Naturalist/Evaluation = organi... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Learning
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My son brought a great idea home from school: his teacher dished out various parts of the Easter story to groups, each group wrote that part of the sc... [Read on ...]

Posted in: Learning
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