Author: Daniel Maxwell

Innovation in schools hindered by pressure for results

As teachers across the country return to school for a new academic, they return recharged and motivated to improve on the previous year’s progress and determined to boost their classroom success with new strategies and teaching innovation. While these new year resolutions are most admirable, the unfortunately reality is that many teachers will find their good intentions shot down by the stresses and pressures of the modern school environment. In this fast changing modern world, educational innovation has become an essential apparatus by which schools and educators adapt and improve teaching to ensure that they fully prepare students with...

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School holidays for teachers – Making the most of summer

With another academic year now coming to an end, most teachers are getting ready to begin their well-deserved school holidays. While the most important things for teachers to do during the school holidays is rest and recuperate, the summer months can also be a period to do something productive which you simply don’t have the time, or energy, for during the regular school year. Upgrade your tech skills In the modern classroom, the role of educational technology is having a huge impact on teaching, communication and administration. As such, spending a few hours improving your tech skills, could be...

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Reading and Empathy in Education

Last month, the UK witnessed heinous terror attacks, malicious hate crimes and the deadly consequences which come from years of neglecting poor communities. In the aftermath of these tragic events, politicians, the media and the general public have questioned why today’s society is prone to such grievous failings. While answering this question is fraught with complexities, one thing is apparent – too many individuals in our society lack a sense empathy, to understand the feelings of others, particularly those who appear different. It is becoming increasingly apparent that any hope for our future society to be fairer, safer and...

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Tory election failure offers students and teachers optimism

When Theresa May called snap elections in April, it was with the intention of gaining a strengthened majority in Parliament, to have full authority to negotiate a ‘hard Brexit’ with the EU, and to push ahead with the Tory party’s obsession with austerity, which has seen state schools and public health services devastated by massive cuts. However, May and the Conservative government grossly misjudged the national spirit. For the average voter, this election was less about handing the Tories their agenda to deliver a ‘hard Brexit’ but more about living standards, social services and everyday concerns. The Tory party’s...

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School lunches

With the UK’s general elections scheduled for 8th June 2017, the country’s political parties have been busy promoting their election manifestos, attempting to sway undecided voters their way. The Conservative Party’s General Election Manifesto contains one pledge which will have a huge impact on school children across the country – and that is their plan to scrap universal free lunches for infant school children in England. The Conservative Party has said that it will instead offer a free breakfast for all primary school pupils, which they argue is a more effective way of improving performance in the classroom. The...

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