Education

The Problem With Professional Development

I recently had the great pleasure to read a paper called, provocatively and insightfully, ‘Professional Development: A Great Way to Avoid Change’. It was published in 2004, by an Australian educator, Peter Cole. Though over a decade old, the messages about the deep rooted flaws in much of the professional development undertaken by teachers still …

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Is Research Evidence in Education the Answer?

    “After 30 years of doing such work, I have concluded that classroom teaching…is perhaps the most complex, most challenging, and most demanding, subtle, nuanced, and frightening activity that our species has ever invented…The only time a physician could possibly encounter a situation of comparable complexity would be in the emergency room of a …

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Are Longer School Days the Answer?

With greater flexibility in setting the structure of the school day, there is a huge variety of practice emerging throughout UK schools. From different models of lesson lengths, to extended school hours, early morning school starts and even late school starts. We also have a plethora of after school programmes and models. Given the evidence, what …

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Evidence in Education and Building Bridges

The drive for research evidence being used in education has achieved something quite radical in our time: it has been met with near universal political consensus. You won’t hear Gove or Hunt bickering over this debate. A diverse spread of organisations are also in support – from teaching unions like ATL and the National Association …

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Can Chip and Dan Heath Help Improve Your School?

Elephants, riders and paths…just more management and consultant jargon surely? We have a class to teach – a department to run – a school to improve. Let’s leave all that nonsense to corporate team building weekends, where people get irretrievably lost finding their inner elephant – for a premium fee! Only this book about change …

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