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Twitter NQT surgery: how to use research in the classroom

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Evidence-based practice is important for teachers at all stages in their career. We all want the approaches and innovations we use to be the ones that have the greatest impact on our young people – and we don't want to waste our precious time and energy on teaching strategies and interventions that just don't work. But there is a lot of education r...
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A beginner's guide to Pasi Sahlberg

Quick facts:  Born: 1969  Nationality:  Finnish  Website:   pasisahlberg.com   Twitter:   @pasi_sahlberg   Where does he work?  Pasi Sahlberg is currently visiting professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and was formerly director general of the Centre for International Mob...
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How to get the most out of lesson observations

How to get the most out of lesson observations
There are certain things that you will be doing a lot of as a teacher: planning, marking, telling pupils to tuck their shirts in. Then there are the things you will want to do a lot more of: sleeping, extracurricular adventures, sleeping. Observations, however, absolutely need to be in the first group – they may not be scheduled into your timetable...
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Research round-up: exploring the attainment gap in science

Research round-up: exploring the attainment gap in science
Literacy is one of the most influential factors in students' attainment in science, according to a recent report from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). This is just one of the interesting findings that researchers from Oxford University and the Department for Education discovered in their large-scale data analysis of science education. The ...
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What we learned about education from the Labour and Conservative Party conferences

What we learned about education from the Labour and Conservative Party conferences
Conference season has come to an end for another year, with politicians stepping down from their podiums and getting back to the business of running the country. There were bold statements from both Labour and the Conservatives – including rent control and an energy price cap, respectively – but what did we learn about the parties' plans for the fu...
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