Is this the start of charging for GCSEs?

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At the start of the year there was some worrying news about the music curriculum. It was reported that one secondary school had instigated a charge of £5 for children to take their music GCSE. It was moved from the curriculum of the general school day to out-of-school hours and meant the employment of specialist... Read more »

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To group or not to group?

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We generally accept the grouping and streaming of children by their ability as part of mainstream educational practice, especially during secondary years. But is it really necessary and does it serve the learners well? Concerns have been raised about it again recently because of the government’s intention to introduce grouping of children in Key Stage... Read more »

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5 tips for avoiding the gender bias trap

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A little while ago we looked at how gender stereotyping can have a detrimental effect on our children’s confidence, achievement and opportunities. (Read the piece here) Another effect recently reported is that gender stereotyping early on can also contribute to the huge discrepancy between the amount of girls and boys who choose subjects like science,... Read more »

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How the budget affects the best resource a child could have

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After the recent budget we all brace ourselves for cuts. Although unimaginable figures are promised to improve services, we know there will be hidden economies which will affect us locally through diminished resources – mostly in terms of staffing. There’ll be less policemen, less staff in hospitals and surgeries, and less funding for schools to... Read more »

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Thinking about value led learning

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You would assume that parents, teachers, educators, and anyone involved with children’s development and learning would have their actions and intentions firmly based in values. However, many professionals are under pressure. And value led approaches are often sidelined in the frenetic rush to keep on top of outcomes and results at the expense of more... Read more »

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