Michael Tidd

You have to let the concrete set before you build with it

Manipulatives are great for teaching maths concept, but it’s not enough to just provide boxes of kit on classroom tables – pupils have to be able to bear the load

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There are more than half a million teachers in England, which likely means that we’re approaching a similar number of classrooms. To try to disseminate knowledge and ideas across that scale of enterprise is a challenge, to say the least. Even if we rely on schools and in-house CPD to convey good messages, we are looking at tens of thousands of establishments.

Inevitably, that means that some messages get lost in translation. Like a giant game of Chinese whispers, you can’t guarantee that everyone hears the same news.

A classic example of this, which has been troubling me of late, is the use ...

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