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Great Novels and Great Headlines

Today Nicky Morgan announced her ‘rallying cry’ to make children in this country “become the best readers in Europe”. Flanked by comic-celebrity wordsmith David Walliams, she has launched salvos at the publishing industry for the prohibitive cost of the classics, alongside funding the ‘Chatterbooks’ reading initiative (an extracurricular activity to promote reading groups and reading …

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The (Potential) Perils of Peer Tutoring

  I’ve always held with the Beatles lyric that we get by with a little help from our friends. In classrooms, with students learning and helping one another learn, it can often help too (when done well). The evidence to support the effectiveness of ‘Peer Tutoring’ programmes in schools has always been strong and I …

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Growth Mindset – More Evidence

If you are a school teacher and you haven’t heard of Carol Dweck’s ubiquitous growth and fixed mindset concept then… quite frankly, where the hell have you been for the past few years? No doubt lots of good has emerged from this common-sense psychological framework, with a few dodgy approaches too. The growing evidence base, showing the limitations, …

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The Power of Teaching Assistants

(Image via The Daily Mail)   Teaching Assistants, like their teacher colleagues, get flak and plaudits in equal measure. Some of the headlines conflate teaching assistants with unqualified support staff to create ugly headlines: “Unqualified Teaching Assistants ‘Harming Pupils’ Education’ Teachers Say“. When you spy some of the evidence, like the headlines from the Education …

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