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  • How can schools be supported to take on apprentices?

    Schools paying into the apprenticeship levy need advice on how to access it so they can reap its benefits for staff training, argues David Cobb At a time when the headlines are awash with schools’ struggles for funding, since May 2017 some £225 million has been taken from schools in the shape of the apprenticeship

    5.00 Dec. 2nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Don't neglect curriculum content for pupils with severe learning difficulties

    We must protect curriculum content if pupils with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties are to be included in the broad and balanced education they are entitled to, counsels Dr Deborah Robinson Yesterday, the Department for Education published an evaluation of the seven aspects of engagement assessment and announced its plans for a new

    17.10 Nov. 23rd, 2018 | Opinion

  • JL Dutaut's top blogs of the week 19 Nov 2018

    Teacher in Amber @whatonomy By far my favourite voice in education blogging year on year, @whatonomy reaches new levels of poetry with every post. This latest instalment lays bare the inner darkness that relentless workload creates. To those with rosy ideas that international teaching is easier, this blog should serve as a salutary tale. To

    5.00 Nov. 24th, 2018 | Reviews

  • Ten Traits of Resilience

    As concerns grow over the shortage of headteachers and senior teachers, this book is not only timely, but necessary. Grit, resilience, bouncebackability – call it what you will – has been a feature of edu-speak for some years now. James Hilton turns our attention to school leaders and in this well-crafted workbook seeks to help

    5.00 Nov. 25th, 2018 | Reviews

  • What role should schools play in teaching pupils to spot fake news?

    There’s been lots of talk about the need for children to identify fake news, but what resources are available? Asha Carpenter brings us up-to-date Research conducted by the Reuters Institute last year showed that there are clear distinctions in how people of different ages access news. Older generations are more likely to access it via

    5.00 Nov. 24th, 2018 | Opinion

  • The science of dyslexia isn't as straightforward as politicians seem to think

    Our teachers are seriously overworked even without catering for special needs diets, says Tom Burkard Earlier this year, Warwickshire Education Authority published a radical new document that could go a long way towards resolving the crisis of provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. They announced that poor readers would no longer be

    5.00 Nov. 25th, 2018 | Opinion

  • What do schools need to know about assessment?

    The land might have been cleared for self-improvement but the tools are in short supply, says Stuart Kime The coalition government of 2010 brought with it a secretary of state for education who believed passionately that “a thousand flowers” should bloom in our school system, borrowing from a phrase used in mid-1950s China to encourage

    15.30 Nov. 22nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • How schools can support older teachers to join the profession

    Older teachers bring experience, wisdom and resilience, says Katie Waldegrave, and there are many ways in which schools can tempt them into the classroom Four years ago Nicky Morgan commissioned a report into the effect of increasing retirement ages on teachers. It was something of a relief, last week, to read the resulting Department for

    5.00 Nov. 18th, 2018 | Opinion

  • What does a good school workforce development plan look like?

    Forget expensive, complex intervention strategies, says Sir David Carter – the best investment is to focus on the capacity, capability and competence of teachers Teacher development is the responsibility of the whole system. MAT CEOs, school leaders, school improvers, universities, local authorities and, of course, the Department for Education must all place teacher development at

    5.00 Nov. 19th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Visible Learning Feedback

    Whatever your thoughts on the value of meta-analysis, or views on the finer points of effect sizes, it is widely accepted that feedback can be a powerful tool in a teacher’s pedagogical repertoire. Yet research would suggest as much as a third of feedback can have a negative impact on progress, and much of the

    5.00 Nov. 18th, 2018 | Reviews

  • How to develop good communication between MAT trustees and local academy committees

    It’s vital to develop good communication between MAT trustees and local academy committees, says Sam Henson, who has some tips to share MAT trustees have a lot to think about. Overseeing a single organisation across multiple sites and contexts, is no easy ask. MAT governance should in theory enable more strategically focused governance, with the

    13.00 Nov. 15th, 2018 | Opinion