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Private schools add nearly £12bn yearly to UK

Private schools contribute £11.7bn to Britain each year, according to research by the Independent Schools Council.
 

Employers support school IT mentoring scheme

Major technology employers are piloting a mentoring scheme to support ICT teachers in secondary schools across the UK.
 

Fallout from failing free schools could embarrass politicians

Further legislation may be required to enable ministers to intervene in failing free schools and academies.

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The limits of phonics teaching

How should we teach young children to read? According to Sue Lyle, the answer is not phonics. Here she unpicks the case for teaching children to read using phonics, arguing that decoding words has nothing to do with the whole purpose of reading – making meaning.

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Ten days till shut down

With only ten days to save one troubled secondary school from closure, Kevin Rowland describes how he and staff worked to eradicate an embedded culture of aggression and disruption, and prove that given the right attitude and support, even youngsters with the most complex needs can enjoy themselves and achieve at school.
 

Project Inspire

Your plane has crashed and now you’re stranded on a desert island. How do you survive? How does the community begin to evolve? This is the theme of one of the many challenging but exciting projects undertaken by one school’s KS3 students as part of their innovative project based learning scheme. Geraldine Norman explains.
 

Some strange findings about motivation…

It seems obvious that the students who are the most motivated and love to learn and study will be those who are the most successful. Maisie Gould reports on research that begs to differ.
 

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The Leaning Tower of PISA tests

Gove and Wilshaw have waxed lyrical about China’s results and badmouthed English schools once more. But the Chinese would rather have an education system that is more like ours. Sue Lyle, back from a visit to China, slays some mythical dragons.
 

Lesson Study – Towards collaborative CPD

The concept of Lesson Study is experiencing a significant boost in popularity in the UK – but why? In an introduction to this powerful, professional learning approach, David Weston explains how Lesson Study is helping schools move towards more teacher-led professional development.
 

Using graphic novels to teach creative writing

Once dismissed and disparaged as ‘lesser’ literature, graphic novels and comic books are slowly gaining recognition as a valuable teaching tool. Here, Autumn Ware shares her own experiences using this vibrant, visual method of storytelling to develop her students’ scriptwriting skills.
 

The four stages of cognitive development

In the first of a new series on key thinkers in education, Warren Pitts examines Jean Piaget’s main theories, the influence his work has had on today’s education system, and the criticism he has faced from other intellectuals.
 

Game-based learning in the classroom

Despite its success as a teaching tool, many are still reluctant to accept game-based learning into the classroom. Alistair Smith explains the motivational benefits of GBL, and how it can make learning a more stimulating and interactive experience.
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