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Freda Hart obituary | Education

My former singing teacher, Freda Hart, who has died aged 99, was gifted with infinite patience and kindness, but also with the ability to metaphorically yank pupils by the ankles and drag them back down to earth if their egos were becoming dangerously inflated. She had a particular interest in the Alexander technique, which she used to encourage pupils to find their natural voice. She also had the wisdom to use more traditional teaching methods for students who were not…

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Please support my class with their #StopDirtyPalmOil campaign – Education Article

In Year 4, we have been inspired by the latest Greenpeace Advert – There’s a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom. The advert tells the story of Rang-Tan, a young Indonesian orangutan that has been forced out of her home by humans. It is a beautifully animated video with a very powerful message: We decided to look at the text used in the advert in more detail: There’s a Rang-tan in my bedroom and I don’t know what to do. She plays with…

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Study English, and learn the ways of the world | Letters | Education

How I agree with Susanna Rustin (Why study English? We’re poorer in every sense without it, 11 February)! A retired teacher, I hear the arguments for studying Stem subjects frequently put forward as self-explanatory. But are science graduates necessarily more employable than someone who has spent her degree years reading widely, analysing language, developing sound aesthetic judgment, defending her opinions in seminars, and learning how to express them in lucid, cogent and elegant prose in weekly essays? Many ex-pupils I…

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Headteachers in a bind as pupils prepare to go on UK climate strike | Environment

School leaders are having to wrestle with their consciences over pupils joining the nationwide climate strike to be held on Friday afternoon, caught between their duties as teachers and instincts as educators. Thousands of the more than 8 million school pupils in the UK are expected to walk out of lessons to show their concern about the threat of escalating climate change. Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat education spokeswoman and a former science teacher, said she will be joining a…

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Secret Teacher: I hated teaching – until I realised my school was the problem | Teacher Network

Not so long ago, I was ready to quit teaching. Now, I’ve got my sights on leadership. The difference is my headteacher. Under my previous head, I got the point where I couldn’t go on. I was signed off work with anxiety and stress. At school, we’d been under intense pressure to get more children to expected levels to show the school was improving – and were always on edge thanks to drop-in observations. As a member of the school…

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What is the point of higher education if it doesn’t make people happy? | Jonathan Wolff | Education

In The Methods of Ethics, a book read only by philosophers with an overdeveloped sense of duty, the late Victorian utilitarian moralist Henry Sidgwick argued that other philosophers of his day were wrong to believe that human beings act only for the sake of their own happiness or pleasure. There is a second spring of human action, he argues: the pursuit of excellence. A poet, a philosopher, or a sportsperson working obsessively may hope to be happy, but, more likely,…

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27 Ways To Enhance Retention In Your Students – – Education Article

27 Ways To Enhance Retention In Your Students by TeachThought Staff How you can help students retain what they learn? What sort of teaching strategies, curriculum mapping techniques, or other changes can you use to help them remember and apply information? Most broadly, this is a matter of understanding and transfer. The more complete a student’s understanding, the less likely they are to ‘forget.’ One way to think about understanding is to think of it like a tent–or rather the stakes used…

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‘It’s not about my school’: teacher’s TV drama depicts stress in class | Education

“ONOMATO PO E.I.A. BOOM!, ONOMATO PO E.I.A. BOOM!” bellows a teacher to a classroom of unimpressed teenagers. His enthusiasm for the written word is struggling to get much buy-in from the disengaged mass in front of him. This is the story of Shaun, a downtrodden English teacher who is eventually beaten by the system, as depicted in the TV drama Beaten, shown last week on BBC One (and now screening on BBC iPlayer) as part of a series compiled by…

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50 Ways To Challenge Yourself As A Teacher – Education Article

<!– 50 Ways To Challenge Yourself As A Teacher 50 Ways To Challenge Yourself As Teacher by TeachThought Staff Growing as a teacher is all about challenging yourself–moving out of our comfort zone, trying something new. Here are 50 ideas to consider. Learn a second language fluently (preferably one that is increasingly spoken in your geographical area). Create a closed social media community for your classroom–then use it. Challenge the district internet filter and win. Make sure every unit has a…

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Replace GCSEs with baccalaureate, says Conservative MP | Education

GCSE exams in England should be scrapped and replaced with a baccalaureate for school leavers that includes vocational skills and personal development, as part of a radical overhaul proposed by an influential Conservative MP. Robert Halfon, the MP for Harlow who chairs the House of Commons education select committee, is the first Conservative policymaker to break ranks over the future of GCSE exams, after the government’s efforts to improve their status by making them more difficult. Halfon, who has campaigned…

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Social Media Saviour Award! – Education Article

I was so made up to receive an email recently by the team from @TeachPrimary and @TeachWire letting me know that I had won their first SOCIAL MEDIA SAVIOUR award: I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted. The competition was based purely on whoever received the most votes which means so much. It is wonderful to be recognised for something I put a lot of time and effort into.  People often ask me how I do…

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The Heart Outside Our Body – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

Parents can sometimes be unreasonable; many of us put blinders on when it comes to our kids. Educators sometimes bear the brunt of this fact.   How could you suspend my child? How could you not play my child? How could you not award my child? My child’s grade should be higher!   People who are normal in every other circumstance in life can seem completely unhinged when it comes to their children.  As educators we can quickly categorize these…

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Finding the Story that will change your school – EDUWELLS – Education Article

You can teach a old dog new tricks but achieving this can be a unique story for each animal. In our quest to re-design the learning experience at our school, with structural changes focused on the uniqueness of each child, we have found the steepest challenge to be that of helping teachers shift and update their understanding, assumptions and habits. But for me as a school leader my recent approach has been one that appreciates that each teacher requires a…

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Low-cost, no-frills Durham private school attacked by teachers | Education

A new private school offering a no-frills education for just £52 a week will open its doors to pupils in Durham this week, despite vociferous opposition from teaching unions, which say it is impossible to provide a quality education on such a low budget. The launch of the Independent Grammar School: Durham has been greeted with scepticism by many in the sector who accuse the school’s founders of using children as guinea pigs in an educational experiment and trading on…

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10 Things Every Teacher Needs To Survive – Education Article

  What a teacher needs depends on the teacher. Emerging learning trends, data management resources, literacy strategies, digital tools, exemplar curriculum models, increased or decreased autonomy, classroom management tips–this is a list that could get long fast. But sometimes it can be those less visible characteristics that can dictate teacher success, which makes the following presentation by Jonathon Colman possibly useful. At TeachThought, we sometimes share resources not expressly written for educators if they seem like they a fit, and…

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Schools staff crisis looms as austerity hits teachers’ pay | Education

Ministers have conceded that teachers’ pay has fallen by thousands of pounds a year since the public spending austerity drive began, amid warnings of a “looming crisis” in attracting and retaining new staff. Classroom pay has fallen by more than £4,000 a year since 2010 in real terms, according to a government assessment. Damian Hinds, the education secretary, warned that only a 2% increase can be expected for the next academic year. The admission comes in the Department for Education’s…

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What An Episode Of King Of The Hill Taught Me About Good Teaching – – Education Article

What An Episode Of King Of The Hill Taught Me About Good Teaching by Matthew Byars There’s an episode of the animated TV show King of the Hill in which Hank, the curmudgeonly, old-fashioned father of the family, becomes an emergency substitute shop teacher at his son Bobby’s middle school. Rather than following the standard narrative in which Hank is overrun by disobedient kids and general chaos ensues (and Hank gains a new appreciation for how hard the job of…

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‘I will never return to teach in England’: the UK teachers finding refuge abroad | Education

The English education system is broken, says Freya Odell, a state secondary school teacher with 18 years’ experience. This month, she followed in the footsteps of thousands of other talented, fed-up teachers and moved abroad – in her case, to St George’s British International School in Rome. “It wasn’t a difficult decision. My job in England took over my life. Over the past year, I had stopped laughing and smiling. I had lost all sense of who I am.” Despite…

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Completely innocent but dodgy children’s drawings Vol. 1 – Education Article

Watch on Instagram TV One of the best things about teaching is what children say that just astounds you. Sometimes the discussion and conversations you have with children can just completely blow you away. Don’t get me wrong they often make you chuckle and laugh but when faced with a more serious conversation, I am always amazed at the depth some children show. Today I had an amazing morning with Year 2 looking at proverbs. I introduced the idea of…

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Teaching all pupils to act more like Etonians won’t help solve inequality | Suzanne Moore | Opinion

It really does take a special kind of inattention to observe public life today and conclude that what we need is more public school swagger. Our politics is currently dominated by men who are so convinced of their own swag it’s dangerous. We know where politics as a debating society with no real-world consequences leads: Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson are exemplary only in their callous recklessness. Still, here we have the education secretary, Damian Hinds (I know no one…

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We need to talk about…Education | Membership

Guardian supporters share their questions and experiences with a panel of journalists and industry experts. This episode focuses on education and what education systems around the world can learn from each other? How can we take the politics out of our education systems? What is the future for assessment and curriculum? How can we grow and retain our teachers, giving them greater ownership of their profession? And with the sidelining of creative arts in the curriculum, how we can better…

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William Lamont obituary | Education

My friend and colleague William Lamont, who has died aged 84, was an inspiring historian, a visionary teacher and a wonderful human being. Born in Harrow, Middlesex (now in the London borough of Harrow), Willie was the eldest child of a Hebridean, Hector Lamont, and his wife, Hughina (née MacFadyen). Hector had been a purser on the MacBrayne ferries serving Scotland’s west coast, but the couple had moved to London, where he became a bank clerk. Willie attended Priestmead primary…

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Support Rang-Tan by Downloading my Pupil’s eBook – Education Article

You will have seen over the past half term I have been working on a very important topic with Year 4 inspired by the Greenpeace “There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom” advert. This has since been used by Iceland Foods as their Christmas advert but has been banned from TV. This has culminated in a very special project where my class have all become published authors. To read what we have done so far, click the pictures: The first link looks…

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The NHS 10-year plan doesn’t do enough for children | Al Aynsley-Green | Education

The government’s NHS 10-year plan, which launched last month, has been broadly praised by children’s organisations. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, for one, celebrates that “it lays the foundations for an NHS with infants, children and young people at its core”. But does it? The plan, which aims to transform an overloaded health service, comes at an important time for children. The need is stark. We have some of the worst outcomes for children’s health, education, social…

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Sparking Joy: Marie Kondo in the Classroom – Education Article

If you haven’t had the absolute pleasure of watching Netflix’s latest phenomenon, you simply must find the time to watch Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. One lazy morning during maternity leave last month, I happened to click on it, and immediately I was hooked. I binge watched all eight episodes in two days. If you aren’t familiar with Kondo or her organizational Konmari Method, you are missing out. On the show, she enters people’s homes and helps them declutter their…

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In conversation with Alka Murthy- Principal, Zydus School, Ahmedabad – Education Article

Ma’am tell us about your journey in education; from being a teacher to a principal of one of the most renowned schools of Gujarat! (chuckles) First of all, let me tell you getting in the field of education was an accident for me. Actually, I had gone to a school to get the form for my neighbour’s child. That day, in 1988, counsel (had) instituted computer science for the first time. So, while I was filling the form and the…

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8 Tips For History Teachers – – Education Article

  From Tech To Pedagogy: 8 Simple Tips For History Teachers contributed by Manuel Muroni As a teacher, one of the most difficult subjects to teach can be history. With only a few exceptions, the young, active minds of students tend to shy away from textbook recitation and dusty lists of boring dates. Standard procedure is to memorize the corresponding names and dates and battles long enough to pass the next text, after which that knowledge is categorized and more…

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Reading Comprehension through Disney Villain Songs – Education Article

A couple of months ago, we released this eBook: The feedback from the eBook has been fantastic! You can get a taste of what is included in the eBook by clicking here. Building on this, I have now written and released another ebook, this time looking at Disney Villain Songs.  Click the picture to download a copy. Here is a taste of what is included in the Disney Villain Comprehension eBook: Tangled – Mother Knows Best You want to go…

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The Messy, Beautiful Writing Process – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

I love writing. I love searching for the right combination of words that not only make my point, but show my passion behind that point. I love when an idea pops into my head out of nowhere and I have to write it, even if the publish button never gets hit. I love the challenge of sitting in front of a blank screen with no idea in my head. I love when something just clicks and the keys start getting…

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Changing the 4Rs in Education means jumping hurdles – EDUWELLS – Education Article

Humans don’t like change. It takes us time to adapt to any situation and once we’re comfortable, any change is the treat to our comfort and safety. Any change has to jump the multiple hurdles such as fear, comfort, prejudice, assumptions, new understandings, and existing habits. In schools, change challenges teachers the most and each person has a uniquely variation of these hurdles. Parents generally go for any education that keeps their children happy and keen. Most parents are optimistic…

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