Monthly Archives: July 2015

Colleagues

Originally posted on Stack of Marking:
This is another one I wrote for Teach Secondary Magazine (whose staff foolishly continue to fuel my delusions of grandeur by putting me in their rather fine publication). It includes all sorts of goodness…

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Will ‘Prevent’ stop radicalisation?

Originally posted on Waqar Ahmedi:
In his countering extremism speech in Birmingham last week, David Cameron called for “strong”, “positive” and “reforming” Muslim voices to be given more prominence to help tackle radicalisation – the “struggle of our generation”. So…

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The Trendiest Current Arguments For Progressive Education Part 1

Originally posted on Scenes From The Battleground:
One of the best analyses of progressive education is “The Crisis in Education” by Hannah Arendt. An online copy can be found here and you should read it. It was written in the early…

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Rise in autism tied to ‘diagnostic substitution’

As autism diagnoses rose, intellectual disability diagnoses fell, reports a Penn State study on  “diagnostic substitution.” Many of the “new” autism cases reflect changes in how children are labeled rather than a rise in kids with learning or communications problems, researchers … Continue reading

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Why we use the Phonics Screening Check

Originally posted on Not quite tabula rasa:
Students at the school at which I work learn to decode systematically and explicitly. We believe that, given the balance of evidence, a good grounding in phonics, taught systematically, will provide them with…

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ALAN’S BLOG The Faith Schools/RE debate: more heat than light? Alan Brine | RE:ONLINE

We have seen some lively debates in the social media in recent months about the relationship between faith schools and RE. I suspect we have seen more heat than light. I want to say at the outset that the notion … Continue reading

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If it were that bad, you wouldn’t be reading this.

Originally posted on Miss White Maths:
This week has seen the 2014 TeachFirst cohort return to Leeds to deliver our final presentations and pass our pearls of wisdom onto the (exhausted) 2015s. Hearing the journeys my peers have made at…

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