Monthly Archives: January 2014

Government imposition of synthetic phonics is “damaging able readers” really? | EMC

“Government imposition of synthetic phonics is “damaging able readers”” was a press release headline, picked up by the education media, promoting a new pamphlet by Dr Andrew Davis , an Honorary Research Fellow in the school of education at Durham … Continue reading

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3 Things I’ve Learned from British Secondary Education

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School Visits and Avoiding Risk | frogphilp.com

I wrote on Wednesday some thoughts about taking children to London. On the general principle of taking children on visits, I’m asking: do we do it enough? I had been amused a couple of weeks earlier by a good friend … Continue reading

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OFSTED Quotations About Independence

Originally posted on Scenes From The Battleground:
The following are recent quotations from OFSTED publications, referring to independence and independent learning. Spot the odd one out. From the December 2013 OFSTED handbook: Not all aspects of learning, for example pupils’…

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Into The Agora With Trivium 21c

Originally posted on Trivium21c:
Last year I ventured into the Agora, clutching a newly minted book and some ideas to share. I was terrified that I would be laughed at, ridiculed, dismissed or ignored. Extraordinarily, this did not occur…

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Ofsted: Is the new orthodoxy really that there is no orthodoxy? : RSA blogs

There is so much to say about Ofsted right now that this blog may just be my starter. I am increasingly convinced that my idea for our education system to take a gap year from inspection, academisation, and new policies … Continue reading

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Commercial Actors and the Governing of Education: The case of academy school sponsors in England

Originally posted on SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY AND STAKEHOLDER EDUCATION (SASE):
In this guest blog Natalie Papanastasiou offers a summary of key findings from her recent article published in the European Educational Research Journal. The article will strike many as timely and welcome…

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