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Have we got teaching all wrong?

In an exclusive preview of her new book, Ark Schools’ head of assessment, Daisy Christodoulou, argues that many accepted beliefs in schools about how children learn are not supported by research – and much existing practice can actually be detrimental

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In England, there is some consensus around the final aims of education. Literacy and numeracy are clearly vital skills that pupils need to be able to function in a modern economy and society. As well as these, developing skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving is often agreed to be important.

However, while there may be some agreement on these aims, there is more controversy regarding the best methods that will achieve them.

It is possible to summarise two broad approaches that schools could take to develop a student’s skills.

One approach, which we will call a generic skill ...

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