Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Enduring Attraction of the Flim-Flam Man

Originally posted on Jay P. Greene's Blog:
It has been almost a decade since the publication of Education Myths.  At that time I was concerned that education policy was largely driven by emotional appeals and assumed facts.  “Don’t you…

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Random Ramblings: We’ve had enough of League Tables

This is the text of a letter I want to send to my local newspaper.  I don’t know if the Governors will support it but I would like to ask them to: Over the last two years we have changed … Continue reading

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GCSE Tactics: Stick or Twist

Originally posted on teacherhead:
Too much gambling with high-stakes qualifications. The lack of coordination between OfQual and DFE in relation to exams reform is so frustrating. Two major mid-stream announcements have put lots of schools in a difficult position, essentially…

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Education can set you free

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Some thoughts on this week’s GCSE reforms

Originally posted on British Education Policy:
The announcement that only the first GCSE grade awarded to each pupil will count in school league tables is going to have an immediate and significant impact on secondary schools. In the interest of…

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Week four- @ASTSupportAAli

Originally posted on NewToThePost:
Late Nights… Week 4 complete and I am beginning to realise how truly exhausting long terms are!! I mean it would be fine if all I was doing was meeting members of my team/outside agencies/parents etc.…

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Weasel Words in Education Part 2: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Originally posted on e=mc2andallthat:
Work Smarter, Not Harder! This is an increasingly common phrase in the education world. It means, basically, work harder! [FX: WHIP CRACK] It is often associated, strangely enough, with very poorly thought-out initiatives. Some…

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Out In Left Field: Skills for success: let’s have less RULER and more SLANT

Has there ever been a time when most people didn’t believe the following: So-called noncognitive skills — attributes like self-restraint, persistence and self-awareness — might actually be better predictors of a person’s life trajectory than standard academic measures. ? There … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as a free lunch | frogphilp.com

When Nick Clegg announced that soon all children aged between 4 and 7 (Reception to Year 2) will be getting a free lunch, everybody should have been pleased. “My ambition is that every primary school pupil should be able to … Continue reading

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Gaming the system

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