Are you happy with SATs testing?

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It’s the time of year when many children and parents are involved with the SATs tests. These are the Standard Assessment Tests which are supposed to indicate a child’s educational progress at various stages of their school life; the end of years 2, 6 and 9. But each year there has been an increase in... Read more »

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Inspiration from an award winning teacher

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Teachers and schools are often the target of much criticism. So it’s a welcome change to read something positive like the report recently about the winner of the Global Teacher Prize. There will be many quiet and unrewarded teachers who work hard under very difficult conditions encouraging children to learn successfully. Particularly as they must... Read more »

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Playing for Independence

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Parents are generally very keen to encourage their child to take up activities like a new club, a new sport, or learn an instrument perhaps, alongside their education. Many parents like their child’s diary to be full and busy with the range of activities on offer. It helps keep them occupied. It helps dilute the... Read more »

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How much do ‘Lost Words’ matter?

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Our culture changes terrifically fast. Even more so since the advent of the Internet and the smart phone which influences the way we use it. Both give us new and ready access to information, media, gaming and communicating. Along with any new cultural shift comes new language to reference it. Kids ten years ago wouldn’t... Read more »

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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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