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  • Addressing the Learning Gap – What Can Teachers Do?

    By Alan Peters, 24 Jan 2020

    Anybody heard of Steve Strand? He’s a very clever chap, an Oxford professor invited by the Government to produce the catchily entitled ‘Ethnicity, Deprivation and Educational Achievement … (plus twenty-four other multi-syllabled words.)’ It is a dense, depressing read. Like a kind of black...

  • What do young people really want from their education?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    In business, as the old adage says: ‘the customer is always right’. In education, this is most certainly not the case. In fact, children, pupils – the customers – get far less say than any of the other stakeholders in education. The government, teachers, and parents (to a certain extent) hold...

  • The rise of xenophobic bullying in UK schools

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    It’s probably the case that the last thing you want to read right now is another Brexit-related article. However, it’s hard to ignore ‘The ‘B’ Word’ these days. Virtually everything seems to be connected to Brexit in one way or another. One of the most disturbing Brexit-related issues since 2016...

  • GCSE results expose unfairness to disadvantaged pupils

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    Coinciding with the week that this year’s GCSE results were published, the results of a new investigation commissioned by Teach First have also been released. The study was an exploration of the difference in GCSE results attained by pupils who attend schools in England’s poorest communities and...

  • Do bad exam results mean you are a bad teacher?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    As the dust settles - at least from the point of view of the media - on another year’s set of exam results; for many the reviews, reflections and repercussions have only just begun. Yes, GCSE and A level exam results are important. They can dictate the path a young person takes next. But exam...

  • How to Improve Curriculum Delivery in Your School?

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    Have you ever experienced a teacher that obviously knew their subject matter, could have even been considered a genius on the topic, but their delivery of the curriculum was as dry as toast? I had many teachers like this from back when I was a student and I usually tuned them out within the first...

  • How Early Can You Get Started with Teaching Coding?

    By Ryan Crawley, 24 Jan 2020

    Coding is all about trying to get a computer to execute some task. A programming language is used and a line of code will tell a computer to accomplish something. A whole document of lines of code is called a script. A script will be all about carrying out an entire job. People can make a great...

  • School uniform: Why do we still bother with it?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    The vast majority of secondary (and most primary) schools insist that their pupils wear school uniform. It’s been this way for decades and uniform has become a firm fixture in our schools – an expectation, almost. It’s an issue that has rarely been seriously questioned or debated, beyond the...

  • Should BTECs be saved to preserve choice?

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    If there’s one thing that employers are in agreement about, it’s that the UK education system isn’t as good as it should be at equipping young people with the skills needed for the world of work. The skills shortage is a perennial problem and one that the recent GCSE and A level reform is...

  • Things that are worth remembering on exam results day

    By Mark Richards, 24 Jan 2020

    We are now in ‘exam results day season’. As hundreds of thousands of students receive their results across the UK in August, there will be considerable anxiety, nerves and sleepless nights up and down the country; for teachers and parents, as well as pupils themselves. With so much pressure...