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Can we perfect an imperfect science?

Can we perfect an imperfect science?

I think it’s generally accepted that teaching more-or-less boils down to a three-step process that might occur many times in a single lesson: Teach Teach students something new and challenging at pace; something they haven’t seen before in an engaging way. Review Look...
Less marking for better results?

Less marking for better results?

Nick Gibb, the UK schools minister, recently said that teachers spend too much time marking but that this has never been a requirement of OFSTED or the government. It has also been reported that marking is one of the main reasons for extreme workloads and a leading...
Is Shanghai near Singapore?

Is Shanghai near Singapore?

Shanghai Maths sets very high standards of measurable achievement for students and is inclusive – the teacher’s mission is to take the whole class forward at a measured pace with no student being left behind. It’s basis is in frequent practise and consolidation...
Is teaching like cooking?

Is teaching like cooking?

I love to cook and to experiment with flavours, but wouldn’t dream of doing so without tasting dishes as I go along. When I’m training people – I’m a technologist, not a teacher – I do the same. I put something out there and then check that it’s truly...
Can we defend division?

Can we defend division?

The Government’s move to create more grammar and faith schools is truly unbelievable. It is not just that this goes against the stated intention to reduce inequalities, but all the evidence shows that by separating the ‘best’, we reduce the beneficial effect that...

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