Archive | September, 2016

Universities to hide applicants’ names in anti-bias trial | BBC News

10 Sep

The Learning Renaissance

Universities are going to test “name-blind” admissions for the first time to stop potential discrimination based on assumptions about students’ names.

Exeter, Huddersfield, Liverpool and Winchester will pilot a system this year where the names of applicants are not seen during admissions.

The aim is to stop “potential bias” about students’ race and identity.

Universities Minister Jo Johnson said he backed attempts to “stamp out inequality” in higher education.

The pilot project aims to see if masking the names of applicants will remove any “unconscious bias”.

Read more about this story on the BBC website: Universities to hide applicants’ names in anti-bias trial | BBC News

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My thoughts on the grammar schools policy

10 Sep

Teaching: Leading Learning

Many people have written about this much more eloquently and persuasively than I can – such as Sam Freedman, Greg Ashman, Rebecca Allen, Chris Cook to name but a few – and Laura McInerney has just overtaken Matthew Tate as my educational hero of the week for her patient, persistent use of evidence in a post-facts policy-making pandemonium.

Just for my own peace of mind, however, here are my thoughts on the grammar schools policy.

It’s not about parental choice

On the Today programme on Radio 4, Education Secretary Justine Greening kept returning to the argument that expanding existing grammar schools and allowing the creation of new ones improved parental choice. This is incorrect. In a selective education system, parents don’t choose the best…

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Selection brings policy carnage

10 Sep

Robert Hill's blog

I am clear that the decision to reintroduce selection big-time into English schooling is huge error. But this post does not debate the evidence or arguments about selection but looks at what the decision tells us in more general policy terms.

First, the Theresa May government is dysfunctional. Tony Blair, for whom I worked for five years, was criticised for centralized sofa government. But this decision shows that No 10 is even more dominant. The policy has all the hallmarks of being devised and written by someone who has just left his post heading up a lobby group – with all the skewed results that leads to. Frankly it feels like Theresa May’s chief of staff, Nick Timothy, is the de facto Secretary of State for Education. Justine Greening and the Department for Education have been completely railroaded in a way that even Blair never got near to. I also…

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The Argument for Metacognition

2 Sep

The Learning Renaissance

Those who advocate a more prominent role for metacognition in schools do so in the belief that being more explicit about the how of learning pays dividends as students are able to become more self actualised learners.

This gives them greater independence and autonomy in their learning and allows them greater opportunities to apply their learning to situations beyond the classroom – real life problems.

This infographic forms a great introduction to metacognition and its impact on learning effectiveness:

Metacognition+in+Students

Source: Metacognition: The Most Effective Learning Strategy | Focus 2 Achieve

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