Monthly Archives: May 2014

Good luck GCSE students – with a little help from my friends | Mr Reddy Maths Blog

Just wanting to wish pupils sitting their GCSE maths exams in the next couple of weeks, the best of luck. I remember what it feels like to be revising hard at this stage and the exam nerves on the day. … Continue reading

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NQT (New – and Quietly Terrified!): “Please just give me a job!” Part 1: Choosing the right school

Job hunting was a big deal for me; I get extremely anxious and put a lot of pressure on myself. I started looking for jobs for September in January – that may seem early but I wanted to ‘get it … Continue reading

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A response to critics #3: Independent schools

Originally posted on goodbyemisterhunter:
One month ago, I published a historical critique of progressive education entitled Progressively Worse. It has two essential arguments. Firstly, from the 1960s onwards progressive education became a powerful orthodoxy within the state education system. Secondly,…

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Motivation, Learning and Memory (Part 1).

Originally posted on Psych(ed):
Why do we remember the stories we read in comics but forget what we learned in school? I recently attended a presentation (organised by the Psychology in Education Research Centre, University of York) by Kou…

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More thoughts on the new GCSE Maths

Originally posted on f(maths):
I’ve had a bit longer to digest the (draft) GCSE specifications from OCR and AQA (which seem almost identical) and had a chat with my head of department, the changes at foundation are a complete…

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No more outstandings

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Teacher Voice

Originally posted on Primary Education Voices:
Pupil voice is a relatively new ‘concept’. I say ‘concept’ because I am sure it’s been discussed and implemented before, just under the guise of a different buzzword or term. From what I understand,…

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Losing the teacher supply battle

Originally posted on John Howson:
This time last year I raised the question of whether we would recruit enough trainees to become teachers in 2014, in a post dated 1st June 2013, and headed ‘Missing the Target is a Known’.…

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Froch-Groves, boxing and education

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Things Behind the Sun: That’s Rich

I remember this image from my School days.  It’s certainly quite powerful.  Given the likely scale of the 100th anniversary celebrations (books, magazine articles, newspaper columns, historical dramas, things starring Benedict Cumberbatch, programmes beginning ‘The Real…’ on Channel 5), it … Continue reading

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