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Well done? A guide to using praise effectively in the classroom

To praise or not to praise, that is the question. After condemnation in reports such as What Makes Great Teaching, confusion reigns around how frequently teachers should use praise in their classrooms and how best to do it. Everyone values being praised and recognised for their endeavours – it is […]

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Schools are teaching GCSEs over three years in bid to boost results, Ofsted finds

Schools are increasingly teaching GCSEs over three years rather than two, Ofsted has found after launching an investigation into how schools “game” the system to boost their position in league tables. Earlier this year, Her Majesty’s chief inspector Amanda Spielman opened an review into the breadth of curriculum being offered […]

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Ofsted wins school gender segregation appeal

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a faith school’s policy of segregating boys and girls is “unlawful” sex discrimination, backing Ofsted inspectors who criticised it. The watchdog has won its appeal against a High Court ruling last November, which said the Al-Hijrah school in Birmingham had not broken the […]

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GCSE shake-up leaves many schools missing national progress targets

The introduction of new GCSEs this summer means nearly one in eight secondary schools in England is likely to fall below the government’s floor for pupil progress, according to the latest national figures. The Department for Education’s provisional data for key stage four results reveal a messy picture caused by […]

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Global Britain needs more linguists if we are to succeed after Brexit

Ours is a trading nation, connected to countries in every continent by shared history, shared values and, on occasion, shared language. We are a country that thrives in making its way in the world. Once we leave the European Union we will, once again, be free to forge mutually beneficial relationships with […]

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Government approves new teacher apprenticeship

The government has officially rubber-stamped proposals for a new apprenticeship for teachers, Schools Week can reveal. The Institute for Apprenticeships has today confirmed that the teacher apprenticeship “standard” – which sets out the training and assessment content of the course – has been approved. It means that the new apprenticeship, […]

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T-Levels: New post-16 ‘education and childcare’ vocational route announced

An “education and childcare” T-level will be one of the first of the new post-16 routes into technical education, the Department for Education will reveal today. The T-level qualifications are being developed by industry professionals and will be offered as two-year college courses or as apprenticeships from 2020. Three of […]

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What every teacher should know about … memory

There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to improve how they work with students – but academic studies of this kind aren’t always easy to access, or to translate into the realities of classroom practice. This series seeks to redress that, by taking a selection of […]

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School discipline: How strict is too strict?

“Everyone will sit up extra straight, eyes front, looking at the teacher. You will follow their instructions first time, every time.” Pretty comfortable with that? Parents may well agree that this excerpt from Great Yarmouth Charter Academy’s school rules is no bad thing. The rules also require pupils to read […]

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Children are having their careers blighted due to ‘inaccurate’ exam grades, leading headteacher warns

Children are having their careers blighted because over a third of exam grades in certain subjects are “inaccurate”, a leading headteacher has warned. Chris King, chairman of the Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC)  has urged school leaders to rise up and tackle the issue. Addressing heads of the world’s leading […]

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