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There is another way and it appears to work

I recently received this link to a video posted on Facebook. It is presented by Michael Moore and appears to have been made on a visit to Finland, where he interviewed teachers and school students. Many years ago major changes … Continue reading

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Harder 2017 GCSE exams with hardly any fall in the pass rates: what’s the problem?

Cue the usual media images of girls gleefully celebrating their results and Executive Principals extolling the excellence of their schools. There was lots of coverage of the new 1-9 grading system and the Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, explaining that the … Continue reading

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When is a skill not a skill?

Answer: when it’s a general cognitive ability. In the behaviourist ideology of the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) that is increasingly dominating the English school system through the expansion of Academies and Free Schools, the validity of general cognitive ability … Continue reading

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The ‘attainment gap’ still misunderstood

This is the latest example from a BBC report of 3 August. “The very poorest children in England have fallen even further behind their non-disadvantaged classmates since 2007, research says.┬áThe Education Policy Institute study suggests the most disadvantaged pupils are … Continue reading

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Why Labour’s National Education Service is such a powerful idea

Mellissa Benn wrote about this in a Guardian article of 18 July 2017: There could not be a more favourable time for the development of a fresh vision for state education, one that is, in the words of one senior … Continue reading

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Is the EEF failing to see the wood for the trees?

For many years the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), which is part funded by the Department for Education, has been evaluating approaches to teaching and learning in English schools. “The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is an independent charity dedicated to breaking … Continue reading

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Democracy, education and plastic intelligence

This is a long article with many links to supporting evidence. It may be better for a first read to ignore the links so as to absorb the gist before a second read that takes in the linked material. Politics … Continue reading

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