Some Good News for Group Work?

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You may not know it, because our media didn’t report it: nor did our ministers shout it from the rooftops, but we did rather well in the PISA international comparison tests on Collaborative Problem Solving.

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Discovery? Inquiry? It’s all Academic.

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Hidden in the RSA’s report, Ideal School Exhibition, ┬álast week was a little sentence that made my heart sink:-

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No frills education: the workload paradox.

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Becky Allen’s brilliant speech this week and Amanda Spielman’s clarification that Ofsted were indeed cross checking teacher’s responses to the workload question on their staff questionnaire with SLT’s claims, has brought the question of workload to the fore again.

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Preparing children for life?

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How often do we, as teachers, tell children that the experiences they encounter in school are designed to “prepare you for life/the real world?” We place rules, uniform, curriculum content into a box called “Future” and dole it out without really thinking if any of them are true.

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Michael Gove’s Favourite Teachers: Where are they now?

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Those of you with long memories will remember the touching speeches of Michael Gove when he was education secretary, where he used his position to advance the work of teachers in the classroom.

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