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Shaun Killian: All kids deserve to be taught using proven strategies

Doing well at school is a pathway to a better life. All students, regardless of the school they attend, deserve to taught in ways that maximise their chance of success. School teachers are hard-working, busy people. We need to help them keep abreast of what the research says without: * drowning them in a sea of academia * being selective by only presenting research ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Janet Downs: "Shaun - any summaries of educational research would be welcome on this site. As you say, teachers don't have time to plough through academic research so summaries are welcome. That's where the Sutton Trust's Education Toolkit and ......"

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Janet Downs: Sulivan School is still Good despite harm done by threat of closure to make way for free school

Sulivan School, Hammersmith and Fulham, has featured on LSN before (see here and sidebar) when it was threatened with the axe despite being popular and a recipient of the Mayor of London’s Gold Club Award. But there were cheers of joy after the school was saved from closure when the Labour council overturned a decision by the previous council ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Janet Downs: "Stockport Technical School, a 14-19 free school is to close in July. For more details see update to Free School News above. Its closure calls the whole 14-19 policy into question. Both Tories and Labour support 14-19 ......"

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Claire: Turing House free school controversy

A Russell Education Trust sponsored free school, Turing House has recently secured a funding agreement with the Secretary of State. The schools will open on a temporary site in Teddington in September 2015. The school intends to move to a permanent location within 3-4 years. At present, there are two possible permanent sites being proposed - one in Teddington which is ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Parent2: "It's a more complicated picture than that. There is another school opening a mile and half away from Twickenham Academy in 2017 that will have 150 places on the site of Richmond College. It would not be enough capacity long ......"

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Janet Downs: Let young voices (and old ones) sing

I love music. But I can’t sing. I was one of those children who was told to ‘mouth the words’ whenever our class had to sing something. I’ve usually got some tune ringing round my head. For a couple of weeks it was Bright Eyes after it featured in the comedy Raised by Wolves. But that’s ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Andy: ""That usually indicates an inflated salary, little or no classroom teaching and a dodgy approach to pedagogy". This seems a little harsh and without evidence seems to be based on a sweeping general personal opinion. I don't doubt ......"

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JOHN BAJINA: UK Government Prevent Strategy involving UK Schools.

Prevention of Terrorism and Radicalisation is now part of Safeguarding in Schools. The Government has dictated.We are told my school is in a Top Priority Red Zone. Being a responsible long serving School Governing Body, we accept this. Any right minded Governor will be deeply concerned at seeing the rise in both active and passive extreme right wing Extremism, active ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by John Bajina: "Shameful and depressing...."

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Di Beddow: “The Inspectors Call” – a new play exposing the Gove legacy

“And schools are back in the news this week!” So begins the radio news report which punctuates each scene in the new play by Peter Campling, “The Inspectors Call,” running currently at the Theatro Tecnis, London. The demise of BSF funding; the rise of academies; the English GCSE debacle and the changes in teachers’ pensions are all logged as scene ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by anna cole: "Its just been nominated by the Offies as Best New Play! On until the 16th May in Camden. http://www.offwestend.com/index.php/pages/the_offies Tickets and more info here; http://theinspectorscall.co.uk/..."

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Fiona Millar: The most interesting education election idea – a National Baccalaureate

It is fair to say the education hasn’t been one of the issues to set this election campaign alight. There was a flurry of attention about school funding earlier this month, which I wrote about in the Guardian here, but it was drawn to the public’s attention in the context of possible strikes and cuts to come, rather than promises ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by trevor.fisher: "sadly the contradictions in league tables make not the slightest difference. In Birmingham, the local paper was publishing stats on the great OFSTED and exam results of a number of schools in the East of the city for six months ......"

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Janet Downs: Minister says he ‘encouraged’ secondaries to become academies so they ‘could expand’ and ‘improve performance’.

‘I encouraged both Bourne Academy and Bourne Grammar to become academies so they could expand and improve their performance’. Nick Boles, Minister for Skills, and MP for Grantham and Stamford, in election leaflet delivered in the Bourne area This raises the question whether funding for expansion would have been withheld if the two secondary schools had not converted to academies. ... read more and comment →

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Neil Fletcher: What happened then…?

At least three members of the House of Lords, a junior minister, Executive Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman, Head of the Home Civil Service, The Schools Adjudicator for England, Chief Financial Officer of the Australian Government Solicitor, a Vice Chancellor, Director of the Institute of Education, the first female Master of Birkbeck College, ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by trevor.fisher: "the history of the issue needs to be better known, and the poll passed without notice in most of the media. Presumably the electoral reform society would have details. The Westminster bubble ignores public opinion and acts on its own internal ......"

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Janet Downs: Finland’s slipped a bit in league tables, therefore Finland’s system is failing. Really?

Finland has slipped down PISA league tables since 2000. This shows the much-lauded Finnish system has failed. That’s the conclusion of Gabriel Sahlgren, research director at the Centre for the Study of Market Reform of Education (CMRE), in Real Finnish Lessons published by the Centre for Policy Studies. It’s true Finland dropped to 12th place in Maths out ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Jenny Collins: "Yes, thanks for that Janet. I wondered what the smell was!..."

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