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If teachers are such technophobes, asks Ann Mroz, why are so many on Twitter? http://ow.ly/X3ybE
Silicon Valley often likes to portray teachers as Luddites, lumbering slowly from blackboard to whiteboard. It is their conservative and fearful attitude to technology, so the argument goes, that is stopping pupils from accessing the wondrous digital world that could transform learning.
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Find out what the University of Oxford is doing to get more disadvantaged pupils through its doors
Pupils applying to the University of Oxford from low-performing schools or disadvantaged homes are “more likely” to be given entrance interviews than their more advantaged peers, the university’s head of admissions has told TES. Samina Khan also used her first full-length interview since taking up her job in 2014 to advise schools to prepare talented pupils for Oxbridge entrance from the age of 11. She argued that today’s “Hogwarts generation” wa...
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Problems in your SLT? Here are the telltale signs to watch out for
1. Lack of trust Without trust, the long-term development of teams and an effective culture is impossible. Engendering trust is not just a question of “being nice”, but of speaking from a place of mutual respect and the understanding that everyone is on the same team, working towards the same goal. As a leader, it's vital that this is held up as a virtue and practised in public, as well as private, discussion. 2. Lack of attention to results
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'Where has the craft gone?', asks Paul Woodward
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“If, for example, you are a woman wearing oversized jewellery or a man wearing an earring or earrings”.
First it was a clampdown on scruffy teachers, now Ofsted has called on its own staff to “uphold the highest standards” when it comes to their choice of clothing. The schools watchdog has issued a missive spelling out the need for all of its employees, particularly inspectors, to dress “appropriately” when representing the organisation. According to the memo seen by TES, inspectors could undermine their professionalism “if, for example, you are a ...
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Tune in: why setting up a school choir and entering choral competitions may not be as hard as you think
Singing isn’t everyone’s forte (get it?) and the phrase "school choir" may well inspire thoughts of strangled cats, needless stress or perhaps even disgustingly perky American teens bopping around incessantly. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, choirs can be a lot of fun and are often the setting for a thriving learning environment. And a choir competition may be just the nudge someone needs to get started with singing.
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'Too many schools' are flouting admissions rules with complex and hard-to-find policies, chief adjudicator warns http://ow.ly/WL0EH
The outgoing chief schools adjudicator for England has laid bare her concerns about an increasingly fragmented school admissions system that too often leaves parents in the dark and fails to serve children well. Elizabeth Passmore’s final annual report, covering 2014-15, unveils a host of problems in a landscape where a large proportion of schools have acquired academy status and run their own admissions. They include:
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'Why weren't teachers consulted about the new times tables tests for 11-year-olds?'
I don’t find it difficult to imagine education secretary Nicky Morgan’s memo pad just before Christmas. This is what I reckon was jotted down:
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Teen carer among 43 British students accepted by Ivy League unis under Sutton Trust scheme
A teenage carer and the daughter of a hairdresser are among 43 British state school students who have won places to study at leading US universities, under a programme to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds access higher education. The young people will benefit from $10 million in financial aid over four years, thanks to the many scholarships and bursaries at US HE institutions.
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Gambling should be introduced in lessons to focus children's minds, study shows
Classroom learning can generate the same thrill as gambling or riding a rollercoaster, when an element of chance is introduced, a new study suggests. As a result, pupils’ minds are intensely focused on the task at hand, the research shows. They can even end up screaming with excitement as they learn. Paul Howard-Jones, professor of neuroscience and education at the University of Bristol, believes, therefore, that the majority of lessons, in all s...
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The new times tables tests divide, says Ann Mroz, but will they help conquer Pisa?
New year, new madness. Primary school headteachers received their 2016 greetings from the government courtesy of the Sunday newspapers. In a move to show how tough the government is on educational standards, and to clamber up the Pisa rankings, came the announcement of a new computerised test for times tables up to 12 as part of key stage 2 Sats. The message may have come from education secretary Nicky Morgan, but it was textbook Nick Gibb.
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"Colleagues say it's a no-brainer" – could one teacher's plan for a national survey solve the wellbeing crisis?
I’d like you to picture an ex-colleague of mine, sitting in the staffroom in the summer term of last year, talking nervously but excitedly about a new school that just offered her a job. I considered her a titan of a teacher: eight years of experience at our school, intimidatingly efficient, unerringly positive – a teacher who, after a tough teaching week and endless meetings with the parents of our most vexing sixth-formers would still find the ...
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