Permanent Exclusion And Youth Violence – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Is it a huge risk to exclude vulnerable young people? As part of the recent Beyond The Gate series, I have outlined how schools can respond to the issue of youth violence. Within this blog, I offer some thoughts pertinent to the ongoing political and academic discussions around permanent exclusion and youth violence. The political debate In 2016 Vicky Foxcroft MP set up the cross-party Youth Violence Commission (YVC). This examines the root causes of youth…

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The Tail Wagging The Dog – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What silly reasons drive good people out of the teaching profession? Until someone in the Department for Education (or Ofsted) has the gusto to pull the plug on all of this nonsense, we can expect our education system to continue in a mindless and self-fulfilling loop for another generation. Imagine two schools … Imagine you are a teacher working in a school (A). You may find yourself lucky enough to be working in a culture in…

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4 Tips For Valuing Your Staff – Education Article

Reading Time: 4 minutes How can we truly value our staff? The official hours for teachers are 8.30am – 4.00pm, but I am yet to meet a teacher who sticks to those. Staff come in early to set up the outdoor areas, come rain or shine. They give up lunchtimes to run clubs, they stay late to ensure that pupils get home safely and they sacrifice a lay in on a Saturday to enable pupils to attend special events. Staff…

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5 Things Which Confuse Me About Ofsted – Education Article

Reading Time: 5 minutes What key points confuse you about Ofsted’s proposed framework? The consultation for school inspection was published on the Department for Education’s website on 16 January 2019  and is open until 5 April 2019. There is a good period of opportunity for everyone to engage in how our education settings are evaluated across England. I consider myself to have a decent understanding of school improvement, but there are five things which baffle me about Ofsted’s proposals and how it proposes to inspect…

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Evidence-Informed Teaching – Is It A Problem? – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Do teachers support and undertake evidence-informed practice to help improve their teaching? The Department for Education (DfE) commissioned a two-year study to assess progress towards an evidence-informed teaching system. In this report, the term evidence-informed teaching is used to mean practice that is influenced by robust research evidence. Schools and teachers are referred to as more or less ‘research-engaged’ depending on the extent to which they support and undertake evidence-informed practice, specifically teaching. I’ve unpicked the 75-pages, quoted it directly…

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Curriculum Misgivings For Young People – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Do we anticipate all pupils to meet an English Baccalaureate curriculum? Last week, the Department for Education published a “list of mainstream state-funded schools and their 2018 English Baccalaureate (EBacc) language entry.” We have a national curriculum to specify, not only consistency across our schools but to ensure an education for every pupil regardless of background. What still confuses me, is the apparent freedom to veer away from the national curriculum by becoming an academy or free school,…

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What Does Ofsted’s New Framework Say? – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes What does Ofsted’s draft consultation say in the proposed inspection framework? On social media, you would be forgiven for thinking that I was against the work that Ofsted hope to achieve in the year ahead. What I would like to highlight in this post, is the work that Sean Harford has achieved on social media (though, still many myths to bust on the ground) and my hopes for Amanda Spielman. I wish to offer comments in…

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When Teachers Behave Badly | TeacherToolkit – Education Article

Reading Time: 5 minutes What should reasonably be expected of a teacher? When teachers behave badly it makes local or national news, and bringing the profession into disrepute is not something you want on your CV. There is a self-assessment at the end of this post… A recent survey revealed that teachers are highly thought of by the public at large. This is wonderful news. According to the Ipsos MORI Veracity Index 2018, teachers are the third most trusted profession in the…

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