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Gender gap

Can split-gender classes narrow the attainment gap?

In an attempt to narrow the attainment gap between boys and girls, lead teacher Adam Riches introduced single-gender teaching groups. Despite initial scepticism, the tweaked and tailored lessons seem...

10 min read 15 Mar 2019
Personal loans

Deprivation cannot be overcome by schools alone

You wouldn’t blame a doctor for lower life expectancy in poorer areas, so why are teachers in the same areas pilloried for their schools’ exam results, asks the Tes editor

4 min read 15 Mar 2019
GCSE resits: How we achieve 55% pass rate for GCSE English

GCSE resits: is a school-based approach best?

As the sector grapples with ever-larger cohorts of GCSE resit students, many colleges choose to employ teaching approaches very different to those of schools. The hope is that this fresh slant will re...

14 min read 15 Mar 2019
Elephant

How educational jargon is holding back learning

Teachers are taking the buzzwords they pick up in training and imparting them to pupils, claims primary teacher Shannen Doherty, who thinks the jargon is starting to crowd out the words that really...

4 min read 15 Mar 2019
Musketeers: All for one!

Performance reviews ‘destroy human spirit’

The usual process of a single leader doing a team’s appraisals can be ineffective and even demoralising, believes executive principal Gary Handforth, who advocates a more collaborative approach

5 min read 15 Mar 2019
Contrasting privilege and poverty

The disturbing link between education and health

Doctors in a deprived town are unlikely to be blamed for the poor health of their patients. So why should teachers living in the same area be blamed for students’ lower-than-average exam results? Will...

12 min read 15 Mar 2019
Conductor

Want pupils to pay more attention? Change it up

Getting and holding pupils’ attention is only half the battle – they also need to file it away in their memory. To achieve this, originality and unpredictability in the classroom is key, finds Zofia...

7 min read 15 Mar 2019

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