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How educational jargon is holding back learning

Teachers are taking the buzzwords they pick up in training and imparting them to pupils, claims primary teacher Shannen Doherty, who thinks the jargon is starting to crowd out the words that really matter


What are you moving on to next?” I asked a child in the maths lesson I was observing at another school. “Varied fluency,” the child replied, without missing a beat.

There was a time when this would have surprised me. It is a term with which most primary and secondary maths teachers would be familiar, but I’d never heard a child use it before this instance. Yet, I have since become used to pupils repeating technical terms or buzzwords back to me.

On one occasion, I had observed a group of children who were playing at being teachers during their golden time. They were talking about AfL ...

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