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

Originally posted on Ready for the New World:
I’ve just realized it is almost February, my last month of school visits and interviews in secondary schools here in England, so it’s time for me to reflect on the big lessons…

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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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