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Life goes on, students come and go – but some things stick

Life goes on, students come and go – but some things stick
This week I did something that I probably wasn't supposed to: I looked up some of my old students on Facebook. I would never add students or chat with them on social media – despite requests popping up all over the place – but in a moment of procrastination, curiosity got the better of me. So I took a look. I left that school (my first) three years...
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Better together: the importance of forming relationships as a new teacher

Better together: the importance of forming relationships as a new teacher
If there's one thing that schools have plenty of, it's people. There aren't many jobs that require you to interact with so many people every day; in addition your pupils, there are parents, members of staff in your department, those in other subject areas and the wider school community. It can be tempting to stay in your classroom and soldier on wh...
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How do you know which educational research to trust? Here are the questions to ask

How do you know which educational research to trust? Here are the questions to ask
Author: Dr Gary Jones I have previously drawn attention to differences in expert opinion over the usefulness of statistical significance testing, particularly in regard to randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Now it's time to look at what can go wrong with RCTs, and the questions you need to ask when judging the trustworthiness of the associat...
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How new teachers can triumph over perfectionism

How new teachers can triumph over perfectionism
It's the joke answer to that difficult job interview question: "My biggest weakness is that I'm a perfectionist." But the reality of perfectionism isn't funny, with massive stress caused by unrealistic expectations. When you start any new job – but particularly one as all-encompassing as teaching – it is natural to want to hold yourself to a high s...
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How to close the gap? Put the best teachers in the most deprived schools

How to close the gap? Put the best teachers in the most deprived schools
By Becky Francis Our society is stuck in a rut on social mobility – or rather, immobility. For decades, governments of every persuasion have sought to improve social mobility, to narrow the gap between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. But that gap – in education, income, housing, health – continues to yawn. It is ti...
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