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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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Classroom fad or fix? Growth mindset goes under the microscope

Classroom fad or fix? Growth mindset goes under the microscope
What is it? Doctor Carol Dweck Growth mindset is Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck's theory that learners need to move away from the belief that skills are innate and unchanging – a "fixed mindset". Instead, the thinking goes, students must move towards a "growth mindset", where they believe their capabilities and skills can be developed...
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