Archive | June, 2016

Public Ranking of Children: The Return of the Dunce’s Hat

20 Jun

Four Aces for Improving the Quality of Teaching #rEdScot

20 Jun


Having been kindly invited to speak at ResearchEd in Glasgow I’m possibly in danger of being drummed out of the conference by suggesting being research informed is simply not enough.  The post is a summary of the main points from the middle section of my presentation in which I stressed the need of going beyond being informed to a deeper wisdom.

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Creating a Progress Dialogue With Teachers

20 Jun


Over the past few weeks I met with a couple of teachers, at their request, to provide an evidence statement about their work and development over the past academic year.  I found the discussions absolutely fascinating; one I had observed teaching a class on a couple of occasions in the week before and the other I hadn’t.

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Teachers’ subject training ‘too brief’, MPs hear | BBC News

11 Jun

The Learning Renaissance

Some teachers are beginning their careers in primary schools with as little as a few hours training in some subject areas, MPs have heard.

The Education Select Committee heard how the brevity of initial teacher training in England meant continuous professional development was vital. But much of it focused on new regulatory requirements and curriculum shifts, rather than subject areas.

Ministers are changing teacher training to have more based in schools.

Professor Jane Courtney of the Deans of Education Network at the higher education think tank, Million+, said the biggest problem was in primary schools.

Read more about this story on the BBC website: Teachers’ subject training ‘too brief’, MPs hear | BBC News

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Numeracy rate falls among pupils in Scotland, latest figures show | BBC News

1 Jun

The Learning Renaissance

Pupils in Scotland are doing less well in maths, according to the latest Scottish government figures.Between 2013 and 2015, the proportion of P4 and S2 students performing ‘well or very well’ fell.

Pupils from better off areas recorded better results than those from the most deprived communities.

The country’s new education secretary John Swinney said the statistics reinforced the need to improve attainment.

Read more about this story on the BBC website: Numeracy rate falls among pupils in Scotland, latest figures show | BBC News

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