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From drunk declarations to awkward texts, what happens when teachers date their colleagues?

From drunk declarations to awkward texts, what happens when teachers date their colleagues?
It's easy to see why teacher-teacher couples work well – they understand the long working hours, the emotional investment and the need to be in bed by 10pm on weeknights. But what about dating another teacher in your school?  Is having your beau in a nearby classroom a way to be close or a recipe for disaster? With Valentine's Day coming up, w...
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Laugh it up: how comedy can improve students’ writing skills

Laugh it up: how comedy can improve students’ writing skills
Research from the National Literacy Trust has found that young people who enjoy writing very much are seven times more likely to write above the level expected for their age , compared with those who do not enjoy writing at all. But enjoying writing isn't merely a matter of ability. The subject matter can makes all the difference – which is where c...
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What are your hopes for 2017 in education?

If 2016 has taught us one thing, it's that you can't predict anything. But what's a new year without a sprinkle of hope, a pinch of enthusiasm and a dash of resolution?

We asked professionals from across the teaching world to share their hopes and wishes for education in 2017 with us. Check out their thoughts below and don't forget to tweet us yours @EdCentral.

Oh, and Happy New Year!

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A teaching assistant explains why she thinks teaching staff shouldn’t shy away from discussing current affairs with young pupils

By Siobhan Woodhouse Children are never too young to start learning about the world around them. I soon learned this after discussing topics such as the war in Syria and the EU referendum with children as young as six. Friends, family and even teachers recoiled in horror as I talked about these discussions – how could I possibly discuss horrif...
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Confessions of an examiner

Confessions of an examiner
When I took my A-levels and GCSEs, I imagined them being marked by wise, Einstein lookalikes with great tufts of white hair, locked away in ivory towers. I pictured these sages ruminating over the points I had carefully laid out, raising an interested eyebrow from time to time, and often pausing to reflect on my argument. The idea of doubting ...
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