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P4C (primary) + CASE (secondary) = Raised attainment for all

Evidence that the title of this article should be taken seriously can be found here and here. On 7 October 2018 I wrote to the Fair Education Alliance. This is the gist of what I wrote (italics). It is important … Continue reading

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In praise of P4C

At the start of 2018, I was appointed governor of a local junior school. And a very good school it is too, with an excellent head and dedicated, hard working teachers. As I had been head of an inner-urban secondary … Continue reading

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EEF science recommendations apply far beyond science

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a seven part guide to improving secondary science teaching. It is excellent, and draws heavily from Shayer and Adey’s Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE). I will concentrate my comments on the first … Continue reading

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Definitive research that shows teaching for cognitive development can permanently raise general intelligence in pupils of all abilities

This 1999 paper by Professor Michael Shayer is of enormous significance for the future of the English education system and the way that school students are taught in our classrooms. It emerges at a critical time, when the UK government, … Continue reading

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North-south schools divide not supported by evidence

This is the title of a Guardian article which appeared on 11 September 2018. The following (in italics) are excerpts. Major study of 1.8 million pupils also challenges ministers’ claims children do better in academies and grammars. Claims that schools in … Continue reading

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Some consequences of GCSE grade inflation

GCSE is the ‘common exam at 16+’ created by the merging of the GCE and CSE systems. I entered university in 1965 on the basis of the national ‘matriculation’ entry requirements. These required GCE passes (C+) in five subjects including … Continue reading

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Exclusions and extreme punishments are becoming the norm in the English education system

The Guardian of 2 September 2018 carried this story from which I quote as follows (in italics). Parents have criticised the use of isolation booths at secondary schools across the country, after concerns were raised about the “zero-tolerance” behaviour policies … Continue reading

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