Author Archives: Greg Ashman

Exclusion is neither bad nor good

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Embed from Getty Images  Ten or so years ago, I was assistant headteacher at a high school in London. As part of my role, I line-managed two heads of year and this meant…

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What can we learn from Ontario?

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Embed from Getty Images Since the advent of PISA, Canada and the Canadian province of Ontario in particular have been held up as something of an examplary education system. This is reasonable enough because Ontario…

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ResearchED Melbourne 2017 sparks witch hunt

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Embed from Getty Images I have been loosely involved in researchED Australia over the last couple of years. For the first event in Sydney in 2015, I suggested a couple of speakers. It was…

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The preschool myth that is holding children back

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Embed from Getty Images From time-to-time, someone will claim that any kind of formal instruction in preschool is damaging for children. One such article has been doing the rounds since 2015 and seems to be…

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Inquiry-based learning predicts charter school failure

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Embed from Getty Images American Charter Schools (and Free Schools in the UK) are an interesting concept for those of us who learnt our craft in traditional state education systems. The conventional model for…

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The problem of writing 

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Embed from Getty Images In Australia, the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) are a series of tests that take place in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The writing component requires…

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Why do I blog about education?

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Embed from Getty Images I have been blogging about education for close to five years. When I first started, I never had an audience in mind (to be fair, I didn’t have an audience).…

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