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How speed-dating on the Isle of Sheppey might save education

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,238 views

In last week’s Education Select Committee, an issue was raised regarding the spread of highly effective teachers. Loic Menzies raise the point that teaching in London schools serving the most disadvantaged pupils is commonly rated as good or outstanding. Schools serving…

Why sex education matters to “nervous” young people

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 1,437 views

With schools taking a vacation from the National Curriculum and a renewed focus on traditional ‘academic’ subjects, many schools have already laughed subjects like Sex Education off their teaching roster. “Teaching about condoms?” they say, “Ha! How quaint. These days we…

Why teachers leave

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 8,460 views

Last month the excellent @edutronic_net #blogsync topic for education bloggers was: “Why do teachers leave?” As someone who recently ‘left’ teaching (at least temporarily) I wanted to take longer to answer this question than allowed by the group so I didn’t join. But…

What might stop excellent academy chains from “scaling up”?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM 1,228 views

The Coalition’s education ministers seem convinced that academy-chains are ”the next big thing”. Money is available for academy sponsors to take over failing(ish) schools, and chains are an increasing player in upcoming ‘Free Schools’. Theoretically, ‘successful’ chains will deliver the economies of…