7 tips to promote self-directed learning

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With the use of the Internet for learning, whether that’s through school work or home educating, much of a youngster’s education is moving towards being self-initiated. Even schools are losing the idea of ‘talk and chalk’ as it was once referred to, when teachers stood at the front of a class and ‘delivered’ a lesson.... Read more »

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Should schools be relying on volunteers?

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There has been some rather alarming news recently about increases in the number of volunteers being taken on in schools, some being used for key roles that would normally be filled by a paid professional. Many schools, especially smaller schools with extremely tight budgets, have always relied on the contribution made by volunteers, usually parents,... Read more »

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Could we really scrap GCSEs?

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You may have seen reports recently in the press about scrapping GCSEs. GCSEs were designed to show a standard of education at 16, consequently an assessment of a youngster’s capability for life beyond school. But now the school leaving age is 18 are GCSEs relevant? And do they equip youngsters with what they need for... Read more »

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STEM skills and why they’re important

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The chief focus for parents when considering their children’s education tends to fall on the academic. Parents feel reassured that academic subjects can be easily measured, tested, and scored and lead to qualifications. However, some of the most essential skills children need to not only to continue to succeed with their learning but also in... Read more »

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