A mega union is born

Members of two of the biggest education unions voted overwhelmingly to combine their forces in the face of what they believe is unprecedented crisis in teacher recruitment and retention, caused by a hostile government agenda.

No trust in the SQA says report

In a review of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) James Dornan, a member of Scottish Parliament (MSP), found ‘the evidence our committee received was nothing less than eye-opening’ when he was informed of the issues teachers faced due to issues caused by the SQA.

Nursery creates cheaper childcare by involving parents

By involving parents in the running of their nursery, Grasshoppers nursery in Hackney have created a strong community between staff and parents and saved some money in the process.

School-wide ban on raising hands in class

A common practice within the classroom has been banned by a school in Nottinghamshire. Children are no longer allowed to raise their hands to answer a question, in a move which Jane Crich, National Teachers Union (NUT) spokesperson said ‘shows a lack of respect to the teachers at the school.’

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The Ten Commandments of creative leadership

After a brief encounter with a Harvard Business School book, Jude Brigley put on a (metaphorical) beard and flowing robes and wrote her own commandments of good leadership.

Creating risk takers

Children do not learn resourcefulness, responsibility and independence by having everything planned for them. But how far are you willing to let your pupils take charge of designing and managing their own learning experiences? Start small, says Professor Guy Claxton, and you might be surprised how high they can fly.

Leading Learning in a World of ‘Whitewater’

Jane Reed believes we are living in unprecedented turbulent times and doubts whether we are equipping current and forthcoming generations of children to meet the big challenges sufficiently. She describes a project which sought to restore the primary focus on learning, provides a set of core practices, and explores the professional development implications.

For the love of learning: Lessons from an international school in Hong Kong

Good GCSE results are just a byproduct of the learning journey at Island School in Hong Kong. Vicky Hill reports on this international school’s groundbreaking curriculum for Years 9, 10 and 11, which sees teachers share their passions in exciting courses on art, marine biology, drama, business and more.

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Stars, sounds and simple circuits

The new science curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 encourages a variety of approaches to pupils’ scientific investigations – but how creative can you be in a subject where the boundaries are so fixed? Ed Walsh inspires with a range of ideas to spark pupils’ imagination in physics and encourage creative, learner-led enquiry.

Teaching Times author reviewed in Gifted Education International

Author Ann O’Hara and the team here at Teaching Times were pleased to see a review of our primary leadership toolkit, Learning and Assessment Pathways, published in peer-reviewed journal, Gifted Education International.

Is your assessment fit for purpose?

Why do we assess our students? Is it to please Ofsted? The government? External accountability isn’t going away, but the freedom from levels gives schools the unparalleled opportunity to refocus assessment on its true purpose – to drive learning and support mastery for all. Ann O’Hara explains.

Closing the achievement gap with P4C

Philosophy for Children reaps remarkable results for all pupils, but it does seem to work particularly well for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Now, an exciting new project seeks to harness that power to raise achievement and build resilience, confidence and self-esteem in some of the most deprived regions of the country. Bob House shares the story so far.

Tackling extremism

The government’s Prevent duty, imposed on schools without any extra resources, begs lots of questions. What exactly is radicalisation? What are British values? How can schools practically monitor student views, let alone divert them from dangerous ideological paths? Ian Pringle makes some initial suggestions.
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