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How do you improve schools? Start by coaching principals, says new study

It is good to see that my new book on future-proofing schools by focusing on the qualities of leadership appears to be on the money… this US study seems to … Continue reading

September 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fake news harms children’s self-esteem and trust, say MPs | BBC News

Children with poor literacy skills struggle most to tell which stories are false, says a report. A few weeks ago, Chloe, 13, shared a hoax story about the alleged death of … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Women Who Watched ‘The X-Files’ Pursued More Careers in STEM | www.fastcompany.com

The phenomenon has been known as “The Scully Effect”–named after Gillian Anderson’s character Dana Scully – and the Geena Davis Institute proved it’s real. Women who watched The X-Files regularly … Continue reading

June 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Gesundheit! The Surprising Case of Emotional Contagion | Six Seconds

Humans are highly sensitive to emotional signals in the environment. People tend to catch others’ emotions – an effect known as emotional contagion. And to be able to navigate this … Continue reading

May 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Metacognition in Context: How Learners Put Themselves in the Learning

Two students do not approach the same problem from the same direction. Their approach is determined by their metacognitive sense of identity as a learner. To be effective their learning … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Global Learning Goals

When you consider education at a global level, certain things become clear – this is a telescopic, rather than a microscopic view of learning internationally: Global Learning Goals. Their new report … Continue reading

March 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Digital Education Policies in Europe and Beyond: Key Design Principles for More Effective Policies | European Commission

An interesting report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre for Science on effective digital learning strategies. This report offers policy-makers in digital education evidence on how, at the national … Continue reading

March 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

What the Best Education Systems Are Doing Right

Finnish and Asian educational systems are often quoted as leading the OECD Educational Performance tables and models to aspire to emulate. Such talk is too simplistic as any understanding of … Continue reading

October 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Neuroscience should be taught to all teachers to help pupils learn | TES.com

An interesting academic study, recorded in the TES, recounting the need to make teachers more aware of the science of learning so that they can help promote better learning methodologies … Continue reading

October 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

School Exclusions: An Expensive Road to Failure

This is a sad report from my old Local Authority, Nottingham City, showing that the brutal tool of exclusions is still widely used as a way of deflecting student issues… … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

South African e-learning to reach excluded | BBC News

Digital learning is helping to meet the demand for better education in South Africa. Tablets, laptops and digital learning are increasingly being used to reach students with little or no … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Long-Term Impact for Humans in Space

I’ve had the pleasure, through ISSET of working with Mark and Scott Kelly. Scott’s year in space enabled direct comparisons to be made between him and his brother Mark in … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Schools cherry-picking pupils who apply mid-year, says report | BBC News

Vulnerable children can struggle to find a school place if they apply mid-year, with some schools “cherry-picking” pupils, according to the chief schools adjudicator for England. Some schools “unlawfully” interviewed … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Children of ‘just managing families left out by grammars’ | BBC News

Lack of access to grammar schools is not confined to the poorest children, those from “just managing” families are also left out, research suggests. “There is a strong indication that … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 1 Comment

A quarter of pupils ‘write only for school’ | BBC News

A quarter of eight- to 18-year-olds rarely or never write something that is not for school, a report says. Just one child in five told a survey for the National … Continue reading

November 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

School-leavers ‘lack essential workplace skills’ | BBC News

Most school-leavers do not have the basic skills needed for work, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. A survey by the business group has found … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Social division stays in online learning | BBC News

There are strong social divisions in how young people use digital technology, according to international research from the OECD. The economics think tank found that in many countries wealthy and … Continue reading

August 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Experience of Distance Learners… and Why So Many Drop Out

This is an interesting piece of research regarding the experience of distance learners in their first year. It puts forward some interesting pointers as to why it is so difficult … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Top employability skills shines light on learning experience

The World Economic Forum have cited these skills in this order as those critical to employability… there has been considerable shift over relatively few years. This is why we need … Continue reading

March 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Preschools turn children on to learning, says study | BBC News

Preschools help boost the academic careers of children who have fewer educational experiences at home, a study suggests. The effect lasts into secondary school with preschoolers from all backgrounds twice … Continue reading

December 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Many teenagers ‘unhappy by the time they leave school’ | BBC News

Many UK children have become less confident about succeeding in life by the time they leave school, a report says. The study by think-tank Demos says some pupils feel school … Continue reading

October 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

Privately educated graduates ‘earn more’ than state school colleagues | BBC News

Privately educated UK graduates in high status jobs earn more than their state school counterparts, says a study. The report, by the Sutton Trust and UpReach, examined those in careers … Continue reading

August 8, 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

The Gonski Report: an opportunity for a progressive education in Australia missed by the government

Thanks to our Australian correspondent, Phil Rooke, for bringing this report on a potential progressive pathway for education to our attention. Unfortunately, the government had other ideas, and decided on … Continue reading

June 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Smarten Up – It’s Time to Build Essential Skills (2015)

Originally posted on DataAngel:
Smarten Up – It’s Time to Build Essential Skills, a report by Janet Lane and T Scott Murray, was published this week by Canada West Foundation.…

June 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Six Fluency Areas for 21st Century Students | ISTE

This document from ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) features the six major fluencies (standards) students need to develop in the 21st century classroom. It mirrors research and development work elsewhere … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

Music Soothes the Troubled Child…

A recent study of the effect of classical music on children with autistic spectrum disorders… A new study has shown that playing classical music could help reduce stress for children … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 2 Comments
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