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Janet Downs: Do Catholic, state-selective and high-performing private schools predominantly use “traditional methods”?

“…the old-fashioned approach to education that still prevails in Catholic schools, selective state schools and high-performing private schools has almost no defenders.” Toby Young, Prisoners of The Blob These “old-fashioned” methods, according to Young, include direct teaching instruction (aka “chalk-and-talk”) and “rote learning”. But do Catholic, state-selective and private schools predominantly use this approach? Do they turn their back on ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Andy: "It can also be argued that Philosophy and Ethics involve a large element of critical / analytical thinking. It also appears to have passed Mr Young by that the Pearson groups paper on making education work gives equal weighting to skills ......"

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John Mountford: Shanghai et al – What the evidence seems to tell us about how to reform education.

The global debate about the reform of education is significantly influenced by the performance of fifteen year olds in around seventy countries worldwide. It measures outcomes across a narrow range of subjects through comparing results from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), devised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Testing takes place every three years ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Janet Downs: "John and Nigel - one facet of the Shanghai system missing from the English system is the "no blame" culture highlighted by the authors of the National College for School Leadership report into the Shanghai system (summarised here). Can't see Truss ......"

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Andy: Preparing pupils for the next steps and beyond

Contrary to the recent assertions (sound bites) from Tristram Hunt and Michael Gove, contributors to LSN already recognise that schools have always - wittingly or unwittingly - imparted resilience, courage and determination to pupils. It was then a wonderful breath of fresh air to listen to Heather Hanbury, Head Teacher at Wimbledon High School, speaking about teaching failure on Radio 4 ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Janet Downs: "Barry - I guess you haven't listened to the programme. Yes, Ms Hanbury is head of an independent girls' school with high-flying pupils but she spoke a lot of sense. Her definition of failure was not, as you ......"

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Allan Beavis: Ofsted challenges Music Education Hubs but it is the government’s attitude to music and arts education that will handcuff them

This month, Ofsted published a short Report revealing that the Music Education Hubs, set up by the coalition to implement the National Plan for Music Education, had largely failed to improve music education for all. Only a third of the hubs surveyed had taken steps to work differently by at least engaging with schools in a dialogue about improving music ... read more and comment →

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Roger Titcombe: What makes teachers unhappy and does it matter?

Francis Gilbert's thoughtful post and the responses hit some raw nerves and raise important issues. It seems to me that, apart from justified concerns about threats to national pay scales and pensions, job satisfaction in teaching is closely linked to the issue of school improvement. In GCSE benchmark terms, the degree of apparent school improvement has been astonishing and has ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Francis Gilbert: "Thanks for this Roger, I remember Paul Black, the author of many books about teaching, saying that the best thing is to get teachers together actually talking about the processes of teaching, and to feel that they have a stake ......"

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Fiona Millar: Stephen Twigg’s speech .More detail needed but the direction is promising.

Stephen Twigg, the Shadow Education Secretary, made an important speech yesterday. Twigg has been on the receiving end of some criticism over the last year, not least from me, for failing to make a clear and robust argument against what the Coalition government is doing. But I have read the speech carefully and think it shows that he has been listening ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Tor Steenberg: "'All children should, in an advanced democracy, be entitled to a decent education. It is clear that, for the most disadvantaged, that entitlement is not being met.' You misrepresent me, scurrilously, when you refer to the poor rather than the most ......"

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Melissa Benn: Selective judgements

Today, the Sutton Trust publishes a report on the issue of ‘selective comprehensives’ which is getting a lot of publicity, including a spirited, but somewhat partial, debate on the Today programme, which led to the usual suggestion of increased ballotting and random allocation in order to enable more poor children access to 'good schools.' The report looks at ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Fiona McWilliam: "Roger - thanks for your response, and the recommended text, which I will read. I'm encouraged to learn of positive interventions that can overcome socio-economic deprivation, but I'd still be interested to know whether any scheme has ever proved successful ......"

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Janet Downs: Primary Curriculum is in critical condition, says ex-HMI

Ex-HMI, Colin Richards, has followed up his plea in TES to save the primary curriculum with another impassioned article. He warns that the proposed curriculum is prescriptive, content-heavy and may even break the conditions of the Education Reform Act 1988. This legislation forbids ministers from laying down particular teaching methods by claiming that these methods are part of curricula content ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by John Mountford: "It is not enough to support Colin Richards through these columns. It is time to look at how decisions about the curriculum and the future of education are made in our democracy. Rebecca's comment about the next election should alert ......"

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Roger Titcombe: English kids significantly lag East Asians in maths

Henry is right that the press release, and hence the media comment on this important report from the Institute of Education about children's understanding of maths, does not reflect the abstract of the published document. However neither does the abstract reflect the content of the report! The full report is here. These are the recommendations in full. "Firstly, policymakers should concentrate on reforming mathematics ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Janet Downs: "In TIMSS 2007, English pupils were the top-performing European country in Maths at both age 10 and 14 (see sidebar). In TIMSS 2011, the relative position of English 10-year-olds fell although the score rose by one point (a statistically ......"

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Keith Turvey: Horse-burgers & the draft National Curriculum: Is there a connection?

The scandal currently hitting the meat-supply industry and the proposed draft National Curriculum released last week appear very far apart and unrelated events. However, unregulated and unscrupulous individuals narrowly defining their ‘product’ as they become more and more obsessed with measuring and increasing their short-term profit margins and chase ‘targets’ is a pattern we have seen across industry, business and ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Keith Turvey: "Janet and Roger I am seriously wondering whether Gove's curriculum will see the light of day. Could it go the way of the Rose Review with the Lib Dems pulling the plug on it before it gets to the ......"

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