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More Shakespeare Quotes from Cambridge University Press

A free, themed classroom poster each month from Cambridge University Press. Pin and print for use in your classroom! Classroom Posters on Pinterest | Cambridge University Press

July 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mixed results in study of disadvantaged pupils in academy chains | BBC News

Many academy chains in England are struggling to improve the results of disadvantaged pupils, a report says. The Sutton Trust study of 34 organisations which sponsor multiple academies says poor … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: JFK on Education

July 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Literacies for the 21st Century

A recent post concerned the concept of ‘illusterate’ – a term coined by former colleague David Close to mean those without and illustrative acuity. The concept of literacy when applied … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

From STEM to Space for UK Students

Congratulations to the winning team at Mission Discovery #STEM summer school at King’s College London last week. Team Icarus won with their experiment idea to test if electricity generating bacteria, … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Maya Angelou on Equal Rights

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Standardised Testing and the Scream!

A group of secondary students were asked by their art teacher to capture in images how they felt about standardised tests. Here are some of their responses. What a terrible … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Introducing East Asian Teaching Methods into Western Schools: is it a Good Idea?

Originally posted on IOE LONDON BLOG:
John Jerrim. About six months ago I released a paper discussing the reason for East Asian success in the OECD PISA survey of 15 year olds’ skills…

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Bizarre World of Instructional LPs | BBC Magazine

With often oddball titles like Dynamic Leadership or Morse Code for Airmen – and often prefaced by the key phrase ‘How To’ or ‘Hear How’ or ‘Learn How To’ – … Continue reading

July 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Importance of the Visual and Graphical in Learning

Following up my earlier posts about the importance of graphical skills in making sense of information and the world, here is an infographic which explores why the graphical presentation of … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: The Big TV

July 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning

Originally posted on User Generated Education:
When asked what my first language is, I often answer, “visual.” I think in images, prefer to be taught through images, and like to…

July 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Notemaking Strategies

The ability to précis information and form clear relationships between the main and subordinate ideas is a key element of learning. If you can cope with the intrusive advertising, this … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: User Experience vs Design

Saw this picture used to illustrate the difference between the design specified by the technical experts and the usage pattern developed by individual users. It could equally apply to the … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Free School impact – a response to a report by the Policy Exchange on the effectiveness of Free Schools

In England, the Free School movement is mostly widely associated with Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove. The basic tenor of the policy is that the Local Education Authorities … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Employers warn of ‘skills emergency’ | BBC News

More than half of employers fear they will not be able to recruit enough high-skilled workers, according to a survey by the CBI. The employers’ organisation is warning that a … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bloom’s Taxonomy – Bloomin’ Peacock | iLearn Technology

The Bloomin’ Peacock was created by Kelly Tenkely, and originally posted on the iLearn Technology blog.   Source: Bloom’s Taxonomy – Bloomin’ Peacock | iLearn Technology

July 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Grammar School – A Secret History | BBC Four

The British grammar schools provided five consecutive prime ministers as well as many high fliers in industry, science and the arts. Yet at the height of their success they were … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Build Strong Children

July 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

7 Lessons for Teachers from Dumbledore | Edutopia

The way Dumbledore interacts with Harry, fellow teachers, muggles, and various magical creatures has lessons for all of us – especially teachers and parents. Whether you have read the Harry … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

A New Welsh Curriculum… Areas of Experience, and the Role of the Arts

I’m unsure how far this has gone towards implementation, but if the Welsh Assembly is thinking this way then it could make for some interesting times for learners in Wales, … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Young children’s education in Wales ‘a dog’s dinner’ | BBC News

Currently, all three and four-year-olds are entitled to a minimum of 10 hours education delivered through the Foundation Phase. Each of the 22 councils choose how they deliver those hours … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: William Butler Yeats on Education

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

July 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Government Approaches to Education – A Comparison

It is generally in the nature of government to intervene in determining the direction of education. This is only to be expected as they tend to fund the majority of … Continue reading

July 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Early years and primary futures

Originally posted on IOE LONDON BLOG:
Dominic Wyse, Rosemary Davis, Phil Jones, Sue Rogers.  If asked to summarise the main features of current early years and primary education policy, a…

July 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Primary friend study finds class, not ethnicity, divide | BBC News

Nearly all the children taking part in the survey had friendships across different ethnic groups and class backgrounds, but when asked about best friends there were fewer across different social … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment