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Causation and Correlation in Education

(Comic via http://xkcd.com/552/) I have had an interesting fortnight in my role as a school leader and Research-lead. In this job, you get to share a lot of teacher training materials and the like, coupled, or most often, decoupled from the evidence. In just the last couple of weeks I have been repeatedly ‘exposed’ to popular …

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The Problem with Journal Access for Teachers

I have a dream of a teaching profession that has a potent profession voice and that is truly self-improving. It would be so laden with prestige that politicians wouldn’t even dare to meddle in the affairs of curriculum or the nuances of pedagogy. ‘Yeah, right?‘ you say. Of course, you’d be right. We are so …

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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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Is [insert educational fad] the New Brain Gym?

‘Is [Insert educational fad] the new Brain Gym?‘ is such a commonly heard refrain on social media outposts like Twitter that it has become easy shorthand for criticising dubious educational practice. Students donning their thinking hats, working out with their branded brain gym strategies and exercising their left brain has been satirised with scathing intent. The …

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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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