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Be the master of all you survey

Getting parents to share their views is rarely easy, but a simple questionnaire can be used to great effect. Headteacher Ruth Luzmore explains how to ensure communication is a two-way street

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College principals pay tribute to Garry Phillips

This week, the FE community paid tribute to Garry Phillips, the former principal of City College Plymouth and Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, who passed away shortly before Christmas....

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FE-specific research can only benefit our sector

It’s a fantastically positive step that FE is getting its own research hub, with the introduction earlier this week of the Networking the Network website (awful, awful name but, y’know, you can’t have...

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Four reasons why it’s a joy to be back at college

If, like me, you love your job, but you’d rather sit on your arse for a few more days (weeks), here are a few reasons to return to work that I’ve dredged up from the depths to try and give us all a...

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How to avoid drowning under heavy workload

When a child gives a poor answer to a question, we ask it a different way – we reframe it, add context, use a different tone of voice. So when it comes to those silent questions that run through our...

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Instruction and enquiry both get learning moving

It is often assumed that a ‘knowledge-rich’ curriculum requires direct instruction techniques. But science teacher Alex Black believes that schools must also use ‘epistemic enquiry’ to help young...

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Mind your languages

Some blame Brexit for the sharp decline in the uptake of modern foreign languages at GCSE. Others say it’s down to budget cuts and a lack of good-quality teachers. But, despite the obstacles, there...

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No one wins in this race of perverse incentives

The Progress 8 measure has been criticised for encouraging schools to game the system. But the real problem is the blinkered English Baccalaureate, argues J L Dutaut, who calls for the system to be...

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Shall the twain meet?

The post-18 landscape has long been riven by a divide between further and higher education. But with boundaries blurring as colleges and universities make forays into each other’s territories, Julia...

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So, only men can instil discipline? What a farce

The Tory candidate for London mayor, Shaun Bailey, *may* have lost a few votes this week. Bailey hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons after Labour unearthed an interview from 2007 in The Times...

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Tes focus on… School dinners

Timetable pressures have eaten into the traditional lunch hour in many schools, but the break should be preserved, argues academic Gurpinder Singh Lalli. He tells Zofia Niemtus that mealtimes provide...

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The 6 steps to hitting your target

Teachers are set targets – and set them for others – multiple times every day. But, despite this, training on goal-setting theory in education is negligible, if not nonexistent. From nudge theory to...

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The week in books: 11 January 2019

How to be a Peaceful School: Practical ideas, stories and inspiration Anna Lubelska Jessica Kingsley Publishers £14.99 ISBN: 9781785921568 I suspect that many people looking at the divisions caused by...

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What it’s like to teach in… Zambia

Each morning, my pupils walk from miles away to get to school. With them, they bring a water container. The nearest well is 2.5km away – this is too far for children to go during the day and the...

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