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Closing the Word Gap – the Staffroom

25th April 2018

Recent research from Oxford University Press detail their findings into the vocabulary levels of primary and secondary school children around the UK. Why Closing the Word Gap Matters: Oxford Language Report reveals that almost half (49 per cent) of Year 1 pupils in the average UK primary school have a limited vocabulary (word gap) that affects…

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AELP publishes its Review of Apprenticeship Standards and End Point Assessment to evidence concerns

24th April 2018

Following AELP CEO Mark Dawe’s appearance before the Education Committee in the House of Commons last Tuesday, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers has decided to publish the evidence it gathered before publicly expressing serious concerns on the roll-out of the new standards and end point assessment (EPA) arrangements as a critical component of…

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Academy Leaders sceptical about Academy freedoms – new research from the Sutton Trust – the Staffroom

23rd April 2018

New teacher polling shows nearly half of academy leaders are sceptical about academy freedom and school increasingly use the pupil premium to plug wider cuts. Nearly half of academy leaders in England believe that the autonomy associated with their status has either had no effect or a negative impact in the classroom, according to new…

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Becoming an Expert Teacher by Jane Hyde-Walsh

22nd April 2018

Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers: The Story of Success (2008) suggests it takes 10,000 hours to become an ‘expert’ at a particular skill. For teachers and educationalists this equates to about 10 years of classroom practice. While the accuracy of the 10,000 hours theory is open to discussion, very few would argue that the…

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Educational disadvantage: how does England compare? EPI – the Staffroom

20th April 2018

New analysis by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) and Professors John Jerrim and Toby Greany at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) examines how disadvantaged pupils in England compare with those in other countries. The report assesses: The performance of disadvantaged pupils in England, compared to other countries. The attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their…

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Maths anxiety, working memory and self-concept – the Staffroom

19th April 2018

A new study entitled Math anxiety and math performance in children conducted by researchers at the University of Jaén, Spain, and published in the British Journal of Educational Psychology looks at the relationship between maths anxiety and maths performance in primary school children, and also the possible mediating role of working memory and maths self-concept….

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Establishing ground rules with learners by Ann Gravells

18th April 2018

Establishing ground rules with your learners, whether they are in a group or on a one to one basis will help underpin appropriate behaviour and respect throughout their time with you, and help the sessions run smoothly. Ground rules are boundaries and rules to help create suitable conditions within which learners (and yourself) can safely…

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Home Education – Call for Evidence and revised DfE guidance – the Staffroom

17th April 2018

Call for evidence on greater oversight of children whose parents elect to educate them at home, and consultation on revised DfE guidance documents. This consultation will close on the 2nd July 2018. Reasons for the Consultation: This consultation has two parts. First, it is a call for evidence on issues connected with elective home education,…

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Home Secretary launches Serious Violence Strategy – the Staffroom

17th April 2018

Commissioned by the Home Secretary and backed with £40 million of Home Office funding, the government’s first Serious Violence Strategy marks a major shift in the government’s response to knife crime and gun crime. It strikes a balance between prevention and robust law enforcement with a new £11 million Early Intervention Youth Fund for community…

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The great training robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy – the Staffroom

16th April 2018

When you hear the word ‘apprenticeship’, what image springs to mind? Perhaps a young person in the workplace, being mentored by an experienced employee as they learn a new skill or trade? This exact picture has been found in countless government publications about apprenticeships in recent years. It is also, by and large, what the…

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