NQTs and the risk of maladaptation in the first few weeks of teaching

The Quirky Teacher

I’m interested in how children’s cognition develops and it’s fair to say that I’m inclined to be in the Engelmann camp which views the environment/nurture as a bigger factor in the development of cognition and personality than DNA/nature. Engelmann’s view (if I’m correct in my interpretation) was that everyone can learn and that pretty much the only factor that varied between individuals was the degree of exposure to and practice of a concept/knowledge required to secure changes in long term memory. His research and working life experience certainly bears this out and I too have had a few positive experiences of turning round the academic and character trajectories of individuals, groups, classes and cohorts starting with the initial belief that everyone can learn and change coupled to the application of evidence-informed, efficient and effective pedagogy. This blog post asks you to consider what might happen when the NQT is first…

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The Baron: The case of Starbank School teaches us one thing: …

The Baron: The case of Starbank School teaches us one thing: …: Yesterday, beleaguered teachers at  Starbank School in South Yardley, Birmingham, went on strike  for the second time in six days in respon…

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A-Level results 2019: ***THIRD ON-THE-DAY POST*** – Education Datalab blog

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A-Level results 2019: Looking into the fall in top grades awarded – Education Datalab blog

Subjects such as the sciences have seen drops in the share of top grades awarded. Why?

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A-Level results 2019: The main trends in grades and entries – Education Datalab blog

A fall in maths entries, good-ish news for languages, the end of the AS-Level – and more

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A-Level results 2019: Four things to look out for on Thursday – Education Datalab blog

Covering English, maths, modern foreign languages and more

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The Acceleration Required Practical Without Light Gates (and without tears)

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Introduction

The AQA GCSE Required Practical on Acceleration (see pp. 21-22 and pp. 55-57) has proved to be problematic for many teachers, especially those who do not have access to a working set of light gates and data logging equipment.

In version 3.8 of the Practical Handbook (pre-March 2018), AQA advised using the following equipment featuring a linear air track (LAT). The “vacuum cleaner set to blow”, (or more likely, a specialised LAT blower), creates a cushion of air that minimises friction between the glider and track.

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However, in version 5.0 (dated March 2018) of the handbook, AQA put forward a very different method where schools were advised to video the motion of the car using a smartphone in an effort to obtain precise timings at the 20 cm, 40 cm and other marks.

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It is possible that AQA published the revised version in response to a number of schools…

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