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Competition can be helpful in the classroom – but teachers need to use it carefully

When it comes to introducing competition into your classroom, opinion is both fierce and divided. Is a little healthy rivalry useful for motivation? Or should students focus solely on their own achievements? Psychologist Bradley Busch and teacher Dave Marsham discuss the science and practicality of this controversial topic. "It can motivate and ins...
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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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Can't convince your colleagues about the value of evidence? You may be a victim of the backfire effect

One of the challenges faced by school research leads is the need to engage with colleagues who have different views about the role of evidence in bringing about improvement. In fact, it's not just the role of evidence that's likely to be debated – you might even face differing views about the evidence itself. In 2010, two researchers – Brendan Nyha...
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Can school leaders rely on Kotter's change management model?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the need for school leaders to be appropriately critical of educational and management gurus. One such guru is John Kotter, whose name is often found on lists of the world's leading management thinkers. But Kotter's influence is not just limited to business – last month, leading educationalist Andy ...
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We used Kotter to guide our change programme for shifting digital accessibility at the University of York and we feel it has been ... Read More
Sunday, 21 August 2022 12:41
Guest — Samantha
There is a big chance that the Kotter’s method will work depend on how it is being implemented.
Thursday, 28 November 2019 21:22
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Brain food: why breakfast really is the most important meal of the day

We've all heard that it's the most important meal of the day, but research has made it official: breakfast is linked to better performance in the classroom. According to a study from Cardiff University in 2015, the odds of an 11-year-old student achieving above average in a test were twice as high for those who ate breakfast compared with those who...
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Thanks for sharing the information about food: why breakfast really is the most important meal of the day
Thursday, 10 September 2020 12:29
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