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The Periodic Table of STEAM Apps | ThingLink

April 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Selective schooling has negative impact on UK children, say world education experts | The Independent

Selective school systems such as grammar streams lower children’s expectations and impact negatively on the wider education system, world experts have said. As the Government pushes forward plans to create … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Routine, Ritual, and School Community | Edutopia

Build a positive school culture and climate for students and staff alike by creating expectations around constructive routines and fun rituals. Read the full article here: Routine, Ritual, and School … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

West Sussex school funding crisis ‘negatively affecting’ pupils | BBC News

Education is being ‘negatively affected’ as schools struggle with budget shortfalls, a survey finds. Morale is low and stress levels high, teachers, support staff and parents in West Sussex told … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Metacognition and Promoting Autonomous Learning

Learning to learning is an effective definition of metacognition – it is the ‘how’ rather than the ‘what of the learning process. This article by Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien, … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Looming Crisis in the English Schools System

An equitable funding formula is critical to a well performing school system. Without it, money tends to be attracted to the large leafy suburban schools, purely on the basis of … Continue reading

April 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Teachers back moves towards primary Sats boycott | BBC News

Teachers have backed plans for a possible boycott of primary school tests in England next year. The National Union of Teachers says the tests for seven and 11-year-olds are damaging … Continue reading

April 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Skills for Employment in the 21st Century…

  Although I don’t take the utilitarian approach that schools are simply there to equip students for a life of work, there is some merit in looking at the demands … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Schools ‘cut staff due to funding shortages’ | BBC News

Schools in England are cutting back on teachers and teaching assistants (TAs) because of financial constraints, a survey for the Sutton Trust suggests. The poll found 49% of primary schools … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Who lost the most marks when cheating was stopped? | BBC News

When Romania stopped cheating in its exams, it revealed the scale of the social gap in its school system. But research into an ostensibly successful anti-corruption campaign in Romania has … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Problem in Learning is You…

I once worked with a Head of Mathematics who frequently stormed into the staff room declaring his students to be thick. I remember one occasion when he said that he had explained … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Amazing Things Happen | YouTube

An introduction to autism that aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and acceptance in future generations. It is intended to be viewed, discussed and shared … Continue reading

April 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

SATS for seven-year-olds set to be scrapped | BBC News

The death knell is sounded for Sats for seven-year-olds in England’s schools. Source: Sats for seven-year-olds set to be scrapped | BBC News

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Juggling and Lesson Disruption as Motivational Tools

The Educational Endowment Foundation recently published some research about the positive benefits of breaking up science lessons with an unrelated physical activity as an aid to improving learning retention. The … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

BBC Bitesize | The Mind Set | Smart Revision Advice

The Mind Set – smart revision advice from exam survivors. Source: BBC Bitesize Highlights – Smart revision advice

March 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

8th Graders Writing a Novel? | Edutopia

Two videos explore what happens when a middle school teacher challenges her students to write a novel in just one month.   Source: 8th Graders Writing a Novel? | Edutopia

March 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Drop in teacher training recruits revealed | BBC News

There are fears it could get even tougher to recruit teachers after a drop in the number of trainees on courses in England. The latest figures show a 7% drop … Continue reading

March 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

30 of the Best Books to Teach Children Empathy | TeachThought

Often confused with sympathy and compassion, empathy is, put simply, the ability to feel what another person is feeling. Unlike sympathy or compassion, empathy doesn’t require you to feel for  them, though … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

BBC Learning launches The Mind Set | BBC Media Centre

  BBC Learning has launched The Mind Set, the UK’s first national peer-to-peer coaching network for GCSE and National students. It’s a bold new campaign which explores exam stress via … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Thought For The Day: Elliot Masie on E-Learning

 

March 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | The Guardian

This article first appeared in The Guardian in 2013, but remains pertinent today. A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

GCSE resits cause ‘significant problems’, says Ofsted boss | BBC News

Forcing resits on teenagers who do not get good GCSEs in English and maths is causing “significant problems”, the new head of Ofsted has argued. Amanda Spielman said the policy, … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Digital Engagement for All

Mal Lee and Roger Broadie outline how to engage all learners with digital technology. The digital and the socially networked is not going to be the answer for all, and … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Music ‘could face extinction’ in secondary schools | BBC News

Music “could face extinction” as a subject in secondary schools in England, researchers have warned. They say music is being squeezed because of pressure on pupils to take subjects included … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Vocational training shake-up ‘most ambitious since A-levels’ | BBC News

Vocational and technical education in England is to get an extra £500m a year in a bid to train more skilled workers and boost the economy. The plans, to be … Continue reading

March 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Differentiation: Education For All Abilities | @TeacherToolkit

  How do you differentiate a lesson where you have such a wide range of abilities? Stretching and challenging every ability is possible and differentiation is the key to unlocking … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Worcestershire Speech and Language Therapy Team

It is good to know, when resources are being pared back that there is still great work being done by local authority education teams in the UK. Here is one … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

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