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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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Top Tips for Teachers by Leah Davies, M.Ed.

23rd February 2018

Teachers set the tone in a classroom and can affect children’s lives in profound ways. What teachers do and say encourages or discourages their students. When teachers model acceptance and caring for all children, the students are likely to follow their example. The resulting classroom climate is conducive to children’s growth and development.   Children…

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Reviewing the research on school climate and social-emotional learning – the Staffroom

22nd February 2018

A new research brief, School climate and social and emotional learning: the integration of two approaches, by David Osher and Juliette Berg at AIR reviews research on how positive school climates support social-emotional learning (SEL) and how improved SEL contributes to improved school climate in primary and secondary schools. The authors present research from various journal articles,…

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Making Mental Health a Priority By Stephen Lambert

21st February 2018

In the North of England one in four have a mental illness ranging from bipolar disorder, clinical depression to severe anxiety. In a report released last Autumn by the mental health charity MIND two out of three people have experienced a panic attack or a bout of depression in the last year. One in 10…

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Prime Minister launches major review of post-18 education – the Staffroom

20th February 2018

The Prime Minister pledges to look at ways to ensure more people have a genuine choice of high quality technical and academic options. Driving up quality, increasing choice and ensuring value for money are at the heart of a major review of post-18 education, launched by the Prime Minister recently. The UK already has a globally…

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2018 Speech on Education – Theresa May – The Staffroom

20th February 2018

Below is the text of the speech made by Theresa May, the Prime Minister, at Derby College on 19 February 2018. I took my very first steps into elected politics as a local councillor, in south London. For two years I was the chairman of the education authority in Merton. It was an experience I…

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Making the Grade- Exam Accuracy and it’s Implications – EPI – the Staffroom

19th February 2018

The Education Policy Institute held a round-table on exam grade accuracy and its implications, on Thursday 25th January 2018. The event was supported by the Association of School and College Leaders and by the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference – representatives of both organisations made some opening comments about the subject, which were then followed by…

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Under the Bonnet of End-Point Assessment – The Staffroom

16th February 2018

Apprenticeship end-point assessment is happening. Every apprentice aiming for one of the new apprenticeship standards will face a formal end-point assessment at the end of their programme. The differences between the continuous assessment of a framework-based apprenticeship and the end-point assessment for a standard are clear and are starting to be understood. The rigour of…

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Future orientated schooling: data, more data and the need for good judgement by Dr. Nigel Newton

15th February 2018

We tend to prepare for the future by trying to predict what it will require of us. In educational terms this often focuses on discussion about what the employment needs of society might be in years to come. Some argue that in the leading economies over half the jobs will be eliminated through advances in…

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Teaching, Leadership and Governance in FE – the Staffroom

14th February 2018

A new research report has been recently published by the Department of Education on Teaching, leadership and governance in Further Education. In the current climate of rapid change where the Further Education (FE) Sector is undergoing significant reforms Professor David Greatbatch and Sue Tate have examined the evidence to review how the current changes are…

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