Monthly Archives: May 2017

It takes a village…: To everything there is a season…

It takes a village…: To everything there is a season…: Confession: until I was well into my 20s, I didn’t know that the lyrics to The Byrds song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” came from the Bi…

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Swearing – David Didau: The Learning Spy

If you don’t like swearing this post’s probably not for you. I’m a big fan of profanity and, much to the chagrin of my family, I swear immoderately. There are times when nothing… Continued here http://ift.tt/2rS7XgE

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Are grammar schools the best way to address social mobility?

thinkingreadingwritings You may think that providing disadvantaged children with the opportunity to attend a grammar school – supposedly resulting in a more academic education – would go some way to addressing that disadvantage, but it isn’t. It’s a diversion from … Continue reading

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Where have all the teachers gone?

Originally posted on teaching personally:
I only have to look at the TES jobs bulletins in my inbox to see the teacher recruitment crisis. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Geography vacancies in one year before. At the…

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You’re wrong!

Originally posted on MrHistoire.com:
You and I may agree about one thing yet disagree about another. That, in itself, should be uncontroversial enough. That, for some, it isn’t demonstrates to me the weakness of their arguments. My frustration at…

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How exams took the joy, and the learning, out of our classrooms

Originally published on the Parents and Teachers for Excellence blog here. Two trends have dominated how British exams have changed over recent decades: they have become more high-stakes, and they… Continued here: http://ift.tt/2rOgilo

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Collective Punishment

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Core Knowledge for EYFS reception year

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Why you shouldn’t complain about being patronised online

Originally posted on Scenes From The Battleground:
Tone Policing. The only motive is to end debate. I’ve written before about tone policing – when people get annoyed at the way people speak on social media. The problem with tone policing…

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Early years assessment is not reliable or valid and thus not helpful

Originally posted on Esse Quam Videri:
The academic year my daughter was three she attended two different nursery settings. She took away two quite different EYFS assessments, one from each setting, at the end of the year. The disagreement between…

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