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Classroom fad or fix? Are attendance prizes a bad bet?

Classroom fad or fix? Are attendance prizes a bad bet?
What is it?  The use of rewards given to pupils who have not missed many days of school (often 98-100% attendance). The nature of these gifts varies from school to school; for some it is a certificate, while many other schools opt for pricier prizes such as iPads, bicycles and trips.  Earlier this month, writer and mother Rachel Wright's ...
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Classroom Fad or Fix? We investigate homework

Classroom Fad or Fix? We investigate homework
What is it?  ​It depends who you speak to. For some, homework is a way to develop students' independent learning skills and ensure they have understood – and then consolidate – work from the classroom. Others, meanwhile, contend that it's a largely pointless tradition that brings stress to young people and their families, robbing them of much-...
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Classroom fad or fix? The big picture on class sizes

Classroom fad or fix? The big picture on class sizes
What is it?  The belief that smaller class sizes mean better results for pupils. It's an idea that has huge support among parents, who (understandably) follow the logic that if there are fewer pupils in class, their child will get more attention and be more likely to succeed. The public are quick to jump on the bandwagon too. In his book, Davi...
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Classroom fad or fix? Checking the value of performance-related pay

Classroom fad or fix? Checking the value of performance-related pay
What is it?  Performance-related pay (PRP) is the policy, introduced in September 2014, that links teachers' pay increases to their performance, rather than them automatically moving up the pay scale (as they had previously done). The criteria for awarding a pay increase lies with each school's governing body, although the government recommend...
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Classroom fad or fix? Taking a closer look at learning styles

Classroom fad or fix? Taking a closer look at learning styles
​ Confession time: when I was a new teacher, I got my year 11 form group to do a learning styles test to help with their revision. While they answered the questionnaire, I did it too and discovered that I am, apparently, an auditory learner. Yes, I thought, that makes sense; I like listening to people talk, and I have the radio on a lot. But, my (a...
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