Monthly Archives: January 2015

Why Computing? | frogphilp.com

As I continue to write about the journey of the Mathemateers in their maths learning, I’m going to divert for a post or two into the thorny subject of Computing – a new subject on the National Curriculum. I’m about … Continue reading

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GCSE tables: Sponsored academy results fall more

Regular LSN readers will know that each year, when the GCSE school league tables are published, I carry out an analysis of the comparative performance of sponsored academies and similar community schools. In the past this has been in response … Continue reading

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Science practicals

Originally posted on Obvious but obviousness of a tricky kind:
There is a certain amount of misinformation about science practicals coming out of the Wellcome Trust and one or two unions. Here are the facts. Ofqual has three aims as…

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@IPEVO Making Teaching and Learning More Visible

Originally posted on @LeadingLearner:
The world of teaching and learning can become full of gimmicks, fads and “must have” gadgets.  The IPEVO visualiser is different.  It is a rare example of a non-gimmicky gadget that won’t just be a passing…

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The best CPD we can afford ourselves is the chance to visit other schools.

Originally posted on When in Rome…:
Professional development opportunities, as in courses run by external bodies, have become fewer and fewer, as a result of ever-shrinking CPD budgets. This means that teaching staff have had less opportunities to attend courses…

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British Values: Are We Already In a Mess?

Originally posted on @LeadingLearner:
Ofsted have been at the vanguard of a lot of nonsense over the years and their zealous push for British Values looks like another such thing.  Anything produced in haste, in response to a specific event…

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Government performance tables

Originally posted on Obvious but obviousness of a tricky kind:
The government performance tables of exam results are published in the January after the previous June exams and are misleading – some of the schools with the best exam results…

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I ❤ January 2015

Originally posted on Othmar's Trombone:
When TV shows run out of ideas, they fall back on that old faithful: the clip show compiling all of the ‘best bits’. And when they run out of their own TV shows, there…

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The map is not the territory: embracing desire paths in the curriculum

Originally posted on Othmar's Trombone:
I once visited a school where the English teachers were whispering about their plan to teach grammar more comprehensively to their pupils. The reason they were so hushed was so that their head of department couldn’t hear…

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5 Principles to ensure that literacy improves for all students

Originally posted on thinkingreadingwritings:
? 1. Prioritise reading across the school Ensuring that children can read is the most fundamental duty of schools. This does not just apply to primary schools. Secondary students attend school for five years. That time…

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