Reforms at risk from government changes

Reforms to GCSEs and A levels risk undermining the government’s goal of universal participation in post-16 mathematics education, according to a new report by the Nuffield Foundation.
 
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Short term FSM pupils risk becoming underachievers

Children who receive meals for one year average a D at GCSE, according to a study by education data analysts, FFT, reports the Guardian.
 

Labour reforms criticised by ASCL

Proposed Labour reforms could damage head teachers' autonomy and risk significantly undermining thousands of state schools.
 

More school leavers choosing apprenticeships

New statistics show thousands more 16- and 17-year-olds are embarking on apprenticeships than last year.

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Twitter! – its potential for professional development

Jane Jones explores the selective use of twitter as an individualised mode of professional development. She argues that its crucial power lies in enabling individuals to be in control of their own any time any place professional learning.
 

Leading the way

Can mentoring by young people play a role in transforming the outcomes and aspirations of deprived children in school? Sophie Livingstone reports on a scheme imported from the US that suggests it can.
 

Improving sex and relationships education in primary schools

The battle for SRE in education has long been won, but questions remain about the quality of lessons. Lucy Emmerson reports on an initiative by the Sex Education Forum to improve quality by involving children. Later, Tim Linehan looks at the SEF’s toolkit for creating school-wide practice and policies on SRE.
 

Exploding the myths of school reform

Is it truly impossible for all students to achieve, no matter their background or family circumstances? Does innovation always add value to school improvement efforts? David Hopkins challenges some of the most commonly accepted views of education, achievement and school reform.
 

Put your thinking cap on(line!)

A collection of websites and online tools to support the teaching of creative and critical thinking skills across the curriculum.
 

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.
 

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Rethinking diversity, vision and values

Every head has the moral responsibility to secure equality, equity and parity of esteem for all pupils. In the first of a six-part series on radical alternative approaches to important educational issues, John West-Burnham considers what this means, and how school leaders can translate these values into workable practice.
 

Data, data everywhere... But what does it mean?

How do we know we are good when ‘good’ keeps changing? Ann O’Hara explains how schools can effectively use data to evaluate and build on pupil progress in their current context, while also preparing staff for future unknown expectations of assessment.
 

Creating a whole-school reading ethos

Developing a school-wide reading culture is a big task – but there’s already one member of staff in the perfect position to help. Barbara Band suggests ways of working with your school librarian to raise the profile of reading and provide opportunities for the whole school community to get involved.
 

Do low aspirations really cause low achievement?

Current government rhetoric very much views low aspirations as the cause of low achievement – but could it be the other way round? Loic Menzies examines the evidence.
 

Incorporating literacy into imaginative play

How can we inspire very young children to take an interest in literacy? Sue Lyle makes it fun with a class hunt for signs, symbols and letters in the everyday environment.
 

Have early years services grown up?

Two of the country’s leading lights in early years policy reflect on the history and the future of the services. Naomi Eisenstadt looks at the original purpose of children’s centres, and considers whether this needs to be reframed, while Lisa Harker calls for children’s centres to refocus on children under the age of two.
 

Building a better internet for schools

e-policies in schools usually focus on safety. But, in the month of Safer Internet Day, is it time to focus on the opportunities the internet offers? Ken Corish says it’s time to celebrate Better Internet Day.
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