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The Characteristics of Inspiring Teachers

Download this infographic entitled Characteristics of Inspiring Teachers, here. The infographic comes from the publication Inspiring teachers: perspectives and practices, and the full report can be viewed on ResearchGate, the … Continue reading

September 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

Critical Child Development Sequences and Milestones, via Charlotte Davies

I have long taken an interest in the posts of Charlotte Davies. Her specialism is in cognitive and development issues and the impact of underdevelopment on the potential of young … Continue reading

September 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2021 | Edutopia

From reframing our notion of “good” schools to mining the magic of expert teachers, here’s a curated list of must-read research from 2021 from Edutopia. Not surprisingly the main focus … Continue reading

December 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Self-harm warning signs can appear decade earlier | BBC Health

Early warning signs of self-harm can appear in children almost a decade before it starts, say researchers. The team at the University of Cambridge found two distinct groups that were … Continue reading

June 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Children read more challenging books in lockdowns | The Guardian

A new report on reading habits of more than one million children also finds they read longer books, particularly during school closures. The annual What Kids Are Reading report from … Continue reading

May 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Teens, tech and mental health: Oxford study finds no link | BBC News

There remains “little association” between technology use and mental-health problems, a study of more than 430,000 10 to 15-year-olds suggests. The Oxford Internet Institute compared TV viewing, social-media and device … Continue reading

May 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus and UK Kids: A Newsround survey

BBC Newsround spoke to more than 2,000 children from all around the UK to find out how a year of coronavirus has affected young people. Take a look at the … Continue reading

March 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020 | Edutopia

Edutopia has reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant—covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized … Continue reading

January 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Coping with Mental Health Challenges During COVID-19 | SpringerLink

The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 is a global challenge which resulted in significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. It has also adversely affected the economy and social integrity. There is rising … Continue reading

October 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Chartered College of Teachers report on the impact of Covid 19

I found this report from the Chartered College of Teachers a useful read on supporting students through Covid19: Education in the time of crisis: The potential implications of school closures … Continue reading

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

Which Countries Have the Smartest Education Systems, and in Which Direction Are They Headed?

Although the article by the World Economic Forum linked at the end of this piece is entitled ‘Which countries have the smartest kids?’ it shows nothing of the kind. The … Continue reading

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Retreat into Managerialism – Data in Schools

An interesting article by Rebecca Allen about the use, misuse and misinterpretation of data in schools: When the going gets tough, schools make data | FFT Education Datalab Download the … Continue reading

December 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Global Education Report 2019

In the NJ MED‘s 5th Annual Global Education Report this year, students, parents, teachers, educators, and taxpayers from 214 countries participated in the two-month international survey asking How They would … Continue reading

October 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Social media has ‘little effect on girls’ wellbeing’ | BBC News

Getting enough sleep and seeing friends may have a bigger effect on teenage girls’ mental well-being than social media use, a report suggests. The finding comes in the government’s new … Continue reading

October 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mothers with ‘controlling voice’ fail to persuade teenagers | BBC News

Mothers who talk to their teenage children in a “controlling tone of voice” are more likely to start an argument than get a positive response, according to researchers. The Cardiff … Continue reading

September 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

What’s Lost When We Rush Kids Through Childhood

A reductionist approach in many western nations has meant an undue emphasis on developing reading, writing and arithmetic as the foundations of success in learning. This in turn has led … Continue reading

September 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Off to ‘big school’? Some pupils need extra support, says Ofsted | BBC News

Primary schools should identify pupils whose behaviour may be at risk of deteriorating when they reach secondary school, a report for Ofsted suggests. Head teachers told Ofsted some pupils could … Continue reading

September 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Child Development Stages – Charlotte Davies | Fit-2-Learn

Thank you to Charlotte Davies, a Director of Fit-2-Learn, who shared this useful infographic on child development. It outlines and integrates the various stages children need to go through in their … Continue reading

September 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Burnout Isn’t Inevitable | Edutopia

Teachers are stressed – but schools can help. Lead author Keith Herman, a psychology professor, and his University of Missouri colleagues found that “the high stress levels reported by nearly … Continue reading

June 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

School break times ‘cut short to cram in more lessons’ | BBC News

School break times have been getting shorter over the past two decades, as teachers try to pack more lessons into the day, a long-term study suggests. Infants in England had … Continue reading

May 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Worsening child poverty harms learning, say teachers | BBC News

Poverty is harming children’s capacity to learn and it’s getting worse, suggests a survey of teachers. Pupils who go to school hungry from cramped, noisy homes where they can’t sleep … Continue reading

April 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ofsted inspection grades challenged | BBC News

Parents should have more reliable measures than Ofsted grades to compare schools in England, says a report from a new education think tank. The EDSK report challenges the accuracy of … Continue reading

April 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

Time to Change OFSTED From Quality Control to Quality Assurance

OFSTED has never been fit for purpose because it is based on a premise of quality control which makes the inspection system one that is imposed, rather than a partnership … Continue reading

December 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Child Mental Health: A Crisis in the Making

I’m currently researching a book on preparing students for examinations. In discussions with my publisher, the review committee had suggested that I place more emphasis on student mental health and … Continue reading

November 22, 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

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

The Myth of the Grammar School…

The claimed benefits are shown to be down to social factors and cherry-picking, says Professor Stephen Gorard, of Durham’s School of Education: Grammar schools do not have better pupil attainment … Continue reading

April 25, 2018 · 1 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

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