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All at sea and cast adrift?

Every year, tens of thousands of college learners drop out within the first six weeks. And student leaders warn that the most vulnerable among them, such as those from disadvantaged backgrounds, are...

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Can I quote you on that? Seven inspirational messages

Love them or hate them, you can’t shake a stick these days without bumping into an “inspirational quote”. They decorate the walls of our bars, gyms and homes; they’re plastered all over social media;...

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Classroom cheat sheet: energy drinks

If someone says… “What’s all this fuss about energy drinks?” You say… “For the past year or so, there have been rising concerns about the effects of energy drinks. A campaign by Jamie Oliver,...

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How to foster self-regulated learning skills

Pupils who fail to revise effectively will be left to sink or swim when it comes to exams – and even those who dive in often struggle to translate hard work into results. So Mark Miller set out to...

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How to stop low-level disruption

No matter what class you’ve got this year – whether they’re from hell, heaven, too big, too small or just right – there’s one curse that can fall upon you: low-level disruption. But all teachers wield...

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Innovation is only good if it is useful, too

Innovation. It’s one of those shiny words that pops up in mission statements and prospectuses, letting people know that this ain’t no fuddy-duddy, set-in-its-ways college. This is a college that’s not...

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Making sense of the teacher feedback loop

Observation and evaluation of colleagues can be a tricky process, and a one-size-fits-all approach is unlikely to pay off in performance improvement. Mark Enser taps the research on how to make it...

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Minister is playing the blame game

The current trend for blaming a single individual for a college’s troubles is awful. Not only is it toxic for talent management as leaders ask, “Why would I want to step into the firing line?”, it’s...

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More than just a ‘happy-clappy’ intervention

With schools struggling to improve students’ wellbeing and resilience, the positive education movement is starting to win over the cynics. Peter Tait makes the case for training teachers in ‘feeling...

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Next week, there will be no TAs

How would you cope? This fantasy scenario would spell disaster for teachers, who have come to depend on the army of support staff that keeps schools running, day in, day out. Underpaid, undervalued...

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Off-rolling casts students adrift

Ofsted’s annual report revealed that nearly 10,000 pupils had disappeared from the school system as a result of illegal “off-rolling”. It’s an issue that has been widely discussed in the sector over...

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Parental guidance

Everyone knows that parents’ engagement with school has a huge influence on a child’s education. But no one is quite so sure about how to get families engaged effectively. A new report from the...

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Tes focus on…Processing speed

The child who takes longer than peers to do their work or who often plays up in class may have an unidentified issue with the way they react to and digest information, according to psychologist Debbie...

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The week in books: 7 December 2018

The Silent Guides: understanding and developing the mind throughout life Professor Steve Peters Lagom, £12.99 ISBN: 9781788700016 My Hidden Chimp Professor Steve Peters Studio Press, £12.99 ISBN:...

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What it’s like to teach in… Vietnam

I love my job, but I find it really hard to see the lack of concern many parents appear to have for their children. Some seem to forget that they actually have children. All the responsibility for...

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Where's the apprentice cash going?

The apprenticeship levy was hailed as a game-changer that would turbo-charge the training programme. The reality hasn’t matched up to the hype. Monthly figures for apprenticeship starts are still way...

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