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Amanda Spielman Speech on the launch of Ofsted’s Annual Report 2016/17 – the Staffroom

14th December 2017

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman discusses the quality of education and care in England on the 13th December at the launch of Ofsted’s Annual Report. Thank you all for coming today. This is my first Annual Report. I want to start by saying what should be obvious but is all too easily forgotten at events like…

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Key Facts and Areas of Concern from Ofsted’s Annual Report – the Staffroom

14th December 2017

This year’s annual report finds the overall quality of education and care in England is improving, but areas of persistent underperformance remain. Launching her first Ofsted Annual Report as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman said the life chances of the vast majority of young people in 2017 are the best they ever have been. “Our collective mission…

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Developing effective learners – An overview of recent research – the Staffroom

12th December 2017

‘Developing effective learners’ refers to approaches that support pupils to plan, monitor, understand and manage their own learning, in order to develop inquisitive, self-motivated learners. These approaches include peer tutoring, collaborative learning, feedback, and meta-cognition and self-regulation strategies. Evidence emerging from Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) evaluations and the wider evidence base suggests that when used…

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The Four Pillars of Great Assessment: Value – the Staffroom

11th December 2017

This article on the value of assessment is the final one in a series presented by Evidence Based Education. The series explores the four pillars of great assessment: purpose, validity, reliability and value.   Value Every minute that a teacher, student, leader, parent or governor spends engaging with assessment (be that in the form of planning,…

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Top Ten Tips to Improve the Learning of Teachers and Educators? – the Staffroom

8th December 2017

One of education’s great ironies is that we invest huge efforts to improve the learning of pupils yet neglect the learning of teachers themselves – the very people we entrust with our children’s development. The ‘core business’ of teaching matters more than anything else within schools, particularly for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. In The Sutton…

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Government announce new strategy for careers guidance – the Staffroom

6th December 2017

The government have revealed their new strategy towards careers guidance with a commitment to ensuring that every school and college in the country will aim to have a dedicated careers leader in place by the start of the new school year.  Backed by £4 million of funding the career leaders will give advice on the…

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Poorer Young People are Less Likely to Start the Best Apprenticeships – the Staffroom

5th December 2017

Disadvantaged young people are substantially less likely than their better-off peers to start the best apprenticeships, according to new research recently published by the Sutton Trust. Just 7% of young men and 11% of young women who were eligible for free school meals take up an apprenticeship at Level 3– A-level standard – much less than 14%…

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What is Effective CPD?  By Jane Hyde-Walsh

3rd December 2017

Research on CPD demonstrates that many teachers and trainers do not participate in professional development activities and the most common reasons given are conflicts in work schedules and an absence of incentives for participation. Add to this a marked decline in investment by schools supported by figures compiled by the Teacher Development Trust earlier this year found…

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Justine Greening: Speech at DfE Skills Summit – the Staffroom

1st December 2017

Education Secretary calls on employers to join a skills partnership to create the workforce this country needs. Speaking on Thursday 30 November 2017 at the Department for Education’s inaugural Skills Summit, Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening said: I’m delighted to welcome you all to this inaugural Skills Summit here at the Department for Education….

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Justine Greening hosts first ever DfE Skills Summit – the Staffroom

1st December 2017

The Summit will signal the start of a new partnership with business that will spread opportunity to more communities. At the first Skills Summit held at the DfE in Whitehall on the 30th November 2017, Justine Greening told Britain’s top businesses that enlisting their support in training the next generation of highly skilled British workers is…

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