Tom Bennett

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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Progress being made, but OFSTED are still Requiring Improvement

(Image via http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/keep-calm-its-only-ofsted-17/) Over four months ago I wrote an article beginning with the question: ‘What does Ofsted want?’ I stated that this question is perhaps the most powerful question in English education and has the most impact upon our practice in the classroom. The leverage that OFSTED has over our school system is huge …

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