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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...

12 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

2 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

1 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

6 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

2 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

2 min read 7 Dec 2018
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Keep the tiger from mauling the UK’s school system

The East Asian educational model claims to focus on what parents think is important. However, writes Cecilia KY Chan, Hong Kong provides a cautionary tale on what can happen when schools try to second...

5 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

6 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

2 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

8 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

12 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

4 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

18 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

8 min read 7 Dec 2018
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The good, the bad and the ugly of GCSE English resits

When the Western-themed video game Red Dead Redemption 2 launched last month, it achieved the highest-grossing opening weekend of any entertainment product ever. Those of us who teach GCSE English...

2 min read 7 Dec 2018
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The week in books: 7 December 2018

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

3 min read 7 Dec 2018
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Want to play Scrooge? Don’t have great expectations

Are you hanging up the stockings on the wall? Waiting for the family to arrive? Hoping that the snow will start to fall? If you’ve answered “yes” to all of the above (and watched Elf on repeat, had...

2 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

2 min read 7 Dec 2018
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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...

2 min read 7 Dec 2018

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