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  • Relationships and Sex education: Too Controversial or Absolutely Crucial?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The school curriculum will always divide opinion. With something as fundamentally important as what and how our children are taught in school, it’s no surprise that people take different views. Parents think they know what is best for the children. Teachers crave the trust, freedom and autonomy...

  • When Is Permanent Exclusion the Only Answer?

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    In the old days, educators dealt with many fewer behavior problems. If two students were not getting along, they might have some sort of argument but that is where it ended. Unfortunately, nowadays, if two students are having issues with one another, a fistfight or worse could break out quickly...

  • Why aren’t schools doing more to develop soft skills?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The start of the exam season every year always sparks off the same debates and discussions: Are schools becoming ‘exam factories’? The pressure young people are under with exams is raised, and concerns are expressed about the rise in mental health issues - and so on. The actual ‘value’ of the...

  • Is the new draft Welsh curriculum showing the way forward?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The draft of the new Welsh curriculum has just been published and has now entered its consultation period. Naturally, opinions vary on its content and how it might work in practice. However, what is clear is that the new plans are very different to what most people will have experienced...

  • #RunAndRevise: Running to beat exam stress

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    It’s hardly a ground-breaking statement to make to say that physical exercise has many benefits. People obviously understand that regular activity is good for our physical health. The benefits to our mental well-being from being active are hardly a surprise to the general public either. All of...

  • What schools can do to support Muslim pupils during Ramadan

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Once again, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan has fallen at the same time as the exam season in the UK. This year, the last week or so will fall when most schools are on half-term – which is perhaps fortunate - but many GCSEs and A levels are still scheduled to take place in the weeks before. The...

  • How the Best Teachers Teach Reading

    By Jackie Carrillo, 24 Jan 2020

    Reading is one of those fundamental skills that all students, regardless or interests or aptitudes, must acquire. The modern world is built on the written word, and kids who fail to gain strength in literacy will fail to thrive as adults. While reading habits start in the home, teachers have a...

  • How To Detect Plagiarism?

    By Milyn Anne, 24 Jan 2020

    What is plagiarism? Why students plagiarize? When we talk about plagiarism and writing, we refer to stealing someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Although it is not fair, both to the original author and the teacher, students do it a lot. Why? As we know teachers...

  • Do Extra-Curricular Activities Equate to Better Education?

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Why do parents choose to spend up to twenty thousand pounds a year to educate their children privately? Prestige? Snobbery? A misplaced perception that if they pay, it must be better? Independent schools would list reasons more closely connected with pedagogy. Small classes, traditional...

  • Benefits of extra-curricular activities for students

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    There is so much pressure on schools these days and the focus on exam performance, league tables and Ofsted is unrelenting. However, schools should always remember that there is much more to education than exam grades. Here are some of the many benefits for having a wide and varied...