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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 Patrick Hadley: "Toby Young is, as usual, talking with the benefit of complete ignorance...."

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Roger Titcombe: Pupil behaviour worse than thought

This is the headline in the Independent of 14 April, following the publication of a report by researchers from the University of East Anglia. "Unruly behaviour in schools is far worse than inspectors and official government reports indicate, according to a major study of classroom disruption out today. Even teachers in the most popular, oversubscribed state schools have to work hard to ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Roger Titcombe: "You are right Michelle. The fact is that the attitude of the pupils that you describe, who cope by means of dull compliance, manifests itself as ill-targeted and often irrational, surly rebellion in the more spirited. Learning attitudes and classroom behaviour ......"

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Janet Downs: Do selective school system reduce education gap between advantaged and disadvantaged children?

The Daily Mail is in no doubt – “comprehensive schools prevent pupils from poor backgrounds achieving their potential”. But the study the paper cited actually said the opposite: selecting students early for schooling based on ability “amplify socioeconomic inequalities in performance”. The Mail singled out four European countries which, it said, had “virtually eliminated” the effects of disadvantage: Austria, ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Roger Titcombe: "Patrick "extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence" Why should it be extraordinary to expect that good schooling results in pupils becoming cleverer and wiser? What are schools for if not this? Just filling children's heads with 'knowledge' presumably. I accept that this would ......"

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Rebecca Hanson: The New Primary NC – from atrocious to far worse.

Regular readers will be aware of my concerns regarding the new primary mathematics national curriculum which is currently being introduced. Last week the DfE published the specification for the system for assessing the new national curriculum. It is an extremely significant publication. If we take, for example, the assessment of the new Mathematics Curriculum for Key Stage 1 which is here it becomes ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by agov: "This has quite a few pages but not that many words. Perhaps gives a birds eye view of changes up to 2016 - file:///C:/Users/user/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Low/Content.IE5/7XA06JDB/PolicyupdateforprimayschoolsSept13%5B1%5D.ppt#485,26,Slide 26 National Curriculum levels will be removed and not replaced. But schools may well continue to ......"

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Henry Stewart: Can a teacher be a friend to students?

Yesterday at the Oppi Festival of Education Sugatra Mitra, asked what the role of the teacher in the future was, said “to be a friend”, “a friend who leads students to discover learning, doesn’t teach them”. He specifically said not a guide, but a friend. The different reaction to this from the audience here and from those following on Twitter back in ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Rupert Higham: "When I was at school I'd say that friendships with teachers were vital lifelines for me in an otherwise hostile environment. I felt I had more in common with them than with my peers: they were prepared to talk to ......"

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Henry Stewart: Oppi 2014: Reflections from Finland

Greetings from Helsinki and the Oppi Learning Festival - "idea-sparking, assumption-challenging, discussion-starting festival for teachers, academics, education leaders and businesses." Finland is, of course, famous for its educational performance. And, although it has slipped from its worldwide top slot in PISA, it is still no.1 in Europe. Here's some random selections from Day 1. Lessons from Finland The scene was well set ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Lisa Pettifer: "Sounds like a very thought-provoking conference; I'd love to go to something like that. I would not, however, love to be in a school where 'well-being' and 'learning' are not seen as mutually influential. Another reason to steer clear of ......"

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Janet Downs: They’re “valued and good” – the 46,500 primary children who took part in Take One Picture

What do you get if you introduce 46,500 primary children to just one painting? The answer is as varied as the children’s imaginations. Take One Picture is the annual programme by the National Gallery in London which links a chosen picture, teachers, children, their families, investigation and creation. In 2011/12, the focus was “Still Life with a Drinking-Horn” by ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Roger Titcombe: "I could have posted my previous comment in support of Henry's reflections on his Finland trip...."

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Francis Gilbert: What is education for and how can school libraries contribute?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS4SEBTNf48 Last weekend, I spoke at the School Libraries Group conference in Derby. I was asked to talk about what education is for and how school libraries can contribute towards the aims and purposes of education. If you watch the YouTube video of my talk (above) you'll see that I look at a number of key issues. First, I examine the ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Andy: "Roger, It is of course true to say that just like today there is no standard consistency across authorities or regions regarding school performance. Indeed, we've seen some chains approve pulling a GCSE course half way through ... ......"

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Roger Titcombe: In praise of Sudoku

A few weeks ago my nine year-old granddaughter showed me a Sudoku puzzle and asked me what it was and how you solved it. In the unlikely event that readers don't know what a Sudoku puzzle is I will explain. It is a square 9 x 9 grid containing 81 squares. Within this there are 9 smaller 3 x 3 grids. Some ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by FJM: "Primary school homework should be limited to learning a few spellings and a reading book...."

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Fiona Millar: Another way is possible – and Tower Hamlets shows us what it is

So much of what was predicted about the government’s free school and academies programme is now coming to pass. Independent status is not a fast track to guaranteed success. Good and bad provision exists in equal measure in all types of school and, as Henry Stewart’s posts on this site repeatedly show, maintained schools are holding their own in our ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Roger Titcombe: "Fiona - John is right. Do you really think David Blunkett is going to propose a significantly increased role for Local Authorities in the education system? John is also right to point out that many LA's Children's Services, led by ......"

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