• Online progs vs trads debate 'too polarised', warns Ofsted research chief

    Debate over pedagogy has become “too polarised” and fighting between traditionalists and progressives on social media “quite unhelpful”, Ofsted’s research chief has said. Professor Daniel Muijs told Schools Week the “trads-vs-progs” debate had become a “simplification of the evidence around teaching, around pedagogy, to say that it is one or the other”. “In general teachers

    5.00 Nov. 12th, 2018 | News

  • 5 things schools should know about early-years education

    Children get profound, long-lasting benefits from their earliest exposure to teaching, from academic and non-cognitive development to better health and careers later in life. Research also shows that their teachers’ professional development is key, says Alison Peacock Early years education is perhaps one of the most contentious areas of pedagogical practice. Of late it has

    5.00 Jul. 14th, 2018 | Opinion

  • The OECD's PISA gender reporting reinforces unhelpful stereotypes

    The OECD’s analysis of the gender gaps in education simply regurgitates centuries of educational bias, and it’s wrong, writes Markus Meier The PISA studies are received by the scientific community and the general public alike as a kind of educational verdict, distributing bragging and blaming rights. There has been a lot of criticism, sure, but

    5.00 May. 27th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Strict traditional teaching methods are 'pushing oracy out', says MP

    Traditionalist “chalk and talk” pedagogy is pushing oracy skills out of the curriculum to the detriment of poorer pupils, according to an MP who was once a primary teacher. Emma Hardy (pictured), Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle, said that schools favouring Victorian-style teaching methods in which pupils are “seen and not heard” is

    7.00 Jan. 21st, 2018 | News