John Tomsett

General Election ’17: An Education Policy Overview

The run up to a general election often trots out the good, the bad, and the ugly, of education policy. We know that what sells to the voter on the doorstep often doesn’t translate well into the reality of a well-functioning school system; evidence & experience are often trumped by the demands of party ideology …

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ResearchEd York 2016 – Get Your Tickets!

It is coming back… after the success of ResearchEd York at Huntington School back in 2013, we are delighted to welcome ResearchEd back on Saturday the 9th of July, 2016. We are developing an exciting line up already and the tickets will no doubt prove hot property! Our keynote speaker this year is Baroness Estelle …

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NTEN ResearchEd York – Teachers Doing It For Themselves

  I look on the NTEN ResearchEd conference at Huntington School yesterday with a glowing pride. Is there a little confirmation bias attending my feelings? Yes. And who the hell cares! It felt great – and that matters! My evidence – nearly three hundred people: talking, smiling, questioning and debating teaching and research evidence. People …

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School Improvement with Accountable Autonomy

Trust or fear? Carrot or stick? Autonomy or accountability? These dividing lines will feel very familiar to many teachers. Everyone who has been in education for a few years can share horror stories of schools run like prisons of iron-fist accountability, or laissez faire schools with shoddy systems that preach autonomy, but only beget chaos …

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