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A beginner’s guide to: Katharine Birbalsingh

Best known for: Appointed Chair of the Social Mobility Commission in October 2021, Katharine Birbalsingh first shot to fame following a speech she delivered at the 2010 Conservative Party Conference. Her heated rhetoric drew a lot of abuse on social media, and the nature of her sentiment apparently led the governors of the school she was ...
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The impact of E.D. Hirsch on the UK education curriculum

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Whilst relatively few in the education world are aware of it, the impact of the American educator and academic Professor Eric Donald Hirsch Jr on the UK government's education reforms since 2010, has been profound. Reformers have claimed that 'progressive' child-centred education from the 1960s has been 'curriculum-lite' and damaging to children's ...
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10 principles of effective online teaching

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At the beginning of the pandemic, schools all over the world moved to online learning. Thousands of teachers had to quickly adapt to educating in an entirely online environment. Making that switch was undeniably challenging and continues to be for many, given that online learning is unlikely ever to return to its pre-pandemic le...
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How physical activity is key to meeting all our children’s needs in these uncertain times

Let's not be too quick to make the distinction between academic learning and physical activity - the two naturally go together.
Headteachers across the country are now under considerable pressure to ensure our pupils catch up on their academic learning, while of course making sure their emotional and social needs are also met.Physical activity and PE can sometimes be forgotten amid this pressure.It shouldn't be. In fact, our school is proof that when everything in a school ...
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Many teachers would have a flair for teaching computer science if they tried it

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I originally qualified as a secondary French and German teacher 10 years ago and I had next to no knowledge of computer science. But, as we know all too well, modern foreign languages are sadly in decline, especially German. I decided to take matters into my own hands and over the first lockdown, I taught myself some of the basics of computer scien...
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