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Marking: Why, What and How? by Richard J A Rogers – the Staffroom

21st March 2018

The “Why?” As a PGCE Student going through two school placements in North Wales back in 2005, I found it hard to keep up with daily admin. Just planning lessons and trying to deliver stimulating content and keeping the students engaged throughout, was challenging enough. Marking: I dreaded it, and found it almost impossible to…

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Amanda Spielman’s speech at the ASCL annual conference 2018 – the Staffroom

20th March 2018

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amandda Speilman addressed the 2018 Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Annual Conference in Birmingham delivered on the 12th March 2018. Can I start by saying how pleased I am to be here today. Those of you who were at last year’s conference may remember that it was my first big speech as…

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UK teacher wins competition to find the world’s best teacher – the Staffroom

19th March 2018

Andria Zafirakou, who teaches art and textiles in a Brent secondary school, has won a prize worth $1m (£720,000) becoming the first UK winner of the Global Teacher Prize, beating teachers nominated from more than 170 countries. The prize, launched in 2015 by an education charity, the Varkey Foundation, was created to give more status…

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School Funding Pressures in England – EPI – the Staffroom

16th March 2018

A new report by the Education Policy Institute examines the latest trends in local authority maintained school balances, and assesses whether all schools will be able to meet cost pressures over the next two years, following recent government funding reforms. This new analysis, School funding pressures in England, builds on EPI research last year on the implications…

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The first Spring Statement: no surprises sprung? – the Staffroom

13th March 2018

Today Tuesday 13 March the Chancellor Phillip Hammond will present the first Spring Statement to Parliament. While he has reserved the right to announce new measures in the Spring Statement “if the economic circumstances require it” these are not expected. If this is kept to – in this and future years – then Mr Hammond…

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Damian Hinds: There are no great schools without great teachers – the Staffroom

13th March 2018

The Education Secretary Damian Hinds addresseed the Association of School and College Leaders’ annual conference in Birmingham on saturday 10th march 2018.  I’m delighted to have this opportunity to speak directly to school and college leaders here at ASCL – two months into the job. Secretary of State for Education is a hugely exciting role to…

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Damian Hinds sets out plans to help tackle teacher workload – the Staffroom

12th March 2018

The Education Secretary pledges to tackle workload together with Ofsted and school leaders. Education Secretary Damian Hinds has pledged to strip away workload that doesn’t add value in the classroom and give teachers the time to focus on teaching in his first speech to the profession. Speaking to more than 1,000 heads and teachers at the…

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Quality, not quantity: how teacher workload has been reduced by focusing on quality – the Staffroom

6th March 2018

Last year, at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, West Yorkshire, the findings of the Marking, Planning and Data Workload Review groups were presented to colleagues in a whole-staff meeting.  Everyone from classroom teachers to SLT was asked to think about their workload and pose a simple question: do I really need to do this? It was through responding to this…

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Peer or Self-Assessment? Benefits and Challenges by Richard James Rogers

27th February 2018

There’s no doubt about it – getting students involved in their own assessment and marking has a wide variety of benefits. Take this great summary by Rosario Hernandez at University College Dublin for example, which explains that peer-assessment benefits students in four key ways: Promotes high-quality learning Contributes to skills development Furthers personal development Increases students’ confidence,…

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Get ready for World Book Day 1st March 2018 – the Staffroom

26th February 2018

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. This is the 21st year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 1st March 2018, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind,…

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