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5 things you need to know about research

In the rush to become an evidence-informed teacher, it’s easy to overlook the fact that not all academic exploration is equal – and some of it is better, or worse, than it initially appears. Christian...

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A song for Europe (and skills)

Long-time fans of further education (isn’t that everyone?) will be more than familiar with the work of its resident minstrel, Ian Pryce. The Bedford College principal often pens a ditty to a popular...

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Curiouser and curiouser

“I wasn’t sure the students knew the answers to your questions,” I was once told in lesson-observation feedback. “It was like they were… grappling.” “Isn’t the word ‘grapple’ in the Ofsted descriptor...

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Don’t back yourself into a reading corner

Nobody puts reading in the corner. Or they shouldn’t, anyway – pupils can enjoy reading anywhere in the classroom, says primary teacher Ian Goldsworthy. Reading corners have graced many a classroom...

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From ivory towers to the chalkface

Despite the explosion of education research in recent years, the distance between researchers and teachers is greater than ever, warns Karen Wespieser. Here, she argues that academics need to build...

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Ofsted’s safeguarding concerns

If you’re worried about how a school is handling safeguarding incidents, where do you go? How do you report a concern? Whose responsibility is it to hold the school to account? Those are the stark...

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One college’s effort to keep calm and tampon

Period poverty is a issue that needs tackling in today’s colleges. A survey conducted last year by development charity Plan International found that one-in-10 young women aged 14 to 21 had been unable...

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Raindrops keep falling on our heads

Buckets to catch rainwater, electrical failures and classrooms that are unfit for habitation: this is the day-to-day reality in the schools that have become dilapidated after years of government...

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Robots should be in the classroom? Says Who?

On Sunday evening, I (like many) watched the twelfth regeneration on Doctor Who, as the first female actor took on the titular role. The special effects of the original 1960s series all look pretty...

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Stuck in the middle with you

In recent years, middle-management has been a growing section of the FE workforce. But lecturers who make the step up often find that they struggle to adapt because cash-strapped colleges can’t...

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Tes focus on…Positive psychology

The field of study behind mindfulness interventions and happiness assemblies aims to boost wellbeing, but is there firm evidence to support using such techniques in schools? Martin Seligman, the...

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The ban from Auntie

Industrial placements are one of the big draws for T levels, the first wave of which are launching in less than two years. But the BBC, one of the biggest public sector employers in the UK, have...

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This college ain’t big enough…

Because of the nature of my role, I’m still meeting groups of students for the first time. We eye each other suspiciously as we circle around waiting for one or the other to draw first. And, like in...

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Why we took on a research lead

Having an in-house ‘evidence expert’ will allow our school to keep up with the latest research and tailor new pedagogical approaches to suit our setting, staff and students, says headteacher Caroline...

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