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 Trivium 21c:
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

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Are you ready for universal infant free school meals?

Today we’ve got the second part of our blog about Universal Free School Meals by our guest blogger, Morag Lyall, editor of EDUcatering magazine which offers a monthly look at the school food industry. Now knowing what funding is available…

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Week 4 – blur

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Making Teachers Guides to the World – Bridging Differences – Education Week

Robert Pondiscio of CitizenshipFirst writes again to Deborah Meier. Dear Deborah, Your latest post made me grin. “Bringing out background knowledge is how we make sense of anything we encounter in the world,” you wrote. “My reading ability in astronomy … Continue reading

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