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Cinderella’s message is far from charming

Keira Knightley has banned her three-year-old from watching Disney’s Cinderella. Just like that. Without so much as a Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. Her decision, which is based on what she says is the dubious...

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Don’t ignore the great women of the Great War

The most poignant discovery I made last year was that my grandfather had not only fought in the First World War at the Battle of the Somme 1916, but that he had made it out alive. Seeing his medal was...

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FErret: The perils of following the leader

Ahead of the new college insolvency regime coming into force next year, it’s been a difficult new term for many in the sector. We’ve seen Northumberland College go into FE commissioner intervention,...

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More to teach? You must be barking…

I was catching up on the day’s news when I stumbled across this headline: “Teach children how to avoid dog bites, say MPs.” For god’s sake. How many times have we all read something like this and...

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Our approach to science education must evolve

To counter creationism and climate change denial, we need to teach pupils to be scientifically literate, writes James Williams, but overemphasising facts and processes risks producing knowledge...

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Schools scale Bacc on qualification

“Rootless cosmopolitan education.” That’s the scathing assessment former education secretary Michael Gove gave to the International Baccalaureate, according to former universities minister Lord...

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Social injustice?

Programmes focused on social and emotional learning have long-lasting benefits for young people’s mental health and academic progress, according to research. In particular, SEL has been shown to have...

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Solving the equation: xx=xy

More girls are taking maths A level but they are still hugely outnumbered by boys, despite research showing no gender gap in ability. Helen Ward asks why female students are put off the subject, and...

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Tes focus on…the art of negotiation

Most behaviour policies don’t advise negotiating with students, but Richard Mullender, one of the world’s foremost experts in hostage negotiation, tells Simon Creasey that it could be an effective way...

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The mental game of fetch that helps students succeed

Before a talented colleague retired, Shaun Allison asked for the secret to her consistently high results – and what she told him is backed up by research into ‘retrieval practice’. So now, as well as...

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The student-led curriculum group gets organised

After being made an offer it couldn’t refuse, one school agreed to its pupils’ calls for a greater say in their learning. Following a bumpy start, a gang of student leaders, the self-styled ‘Dons’, is...

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Well in for wellbeing

This week, for half-term (and yes, we know not all of you are on half-term, please stop tweeting us about that), we’ve been asking people to give us their top tip for other teachers looking for ways...

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When FE and skills won’t pay the bills

The UK may have four separate further education systems, but right now college staff are shouting with one voice about low pay. Julia Belgutay investigates the impact on workers who are struggling to...

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Who’s our new FE hero?

Before I worked in this sector I hadn’t the foggiest what FE was, never mind what people actually did in colleges. Mainstream media’s factual reporting of FE has been historically lacking, but that’s...

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‘College is for everyone’

I wanted to work in FE from a young age. Now, here I am. My job isn’t just about helping students learn, it’s helping them to become confident individuals who are ready to take on the world. As a...

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