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Six top tips on how to use retrieval practice in the classroom

Not all revision techniques are equal: one of the most effective methods is retrieval practice, also known as the testing effect.Retrieval practice refers to any activity that forces you to generate an answer to a question. It has consistently been proven to help students improve retention and recall (and subsequently exam performance). So, ho...
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Get it right, and teaching is life-transforming and exciting. Get it wrong, and stress takes over

 Teaching is a highly nuanced, complex art, where the most effective teachers build up a range of strategies over years and years of practice. I opted out of the classroom too early to do that, and moved into what in many ways is a less complex, but equally demanding, role of senior administrator, or leader, in schools.I taught for about 15 ye...
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Assessment isn’t the big, bad wolf of education – our perception of it is the problem

In the current education debate, I believe assessment is unfairly judged. It is easy fodder for persecution because it is misunderstood and often carries negative connotations with students, teachers, parents and the administration.Part of the problem – and I'm not sure how it happened – is that many people have come to think of assessment and test...
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World Book Day 2018: top tweets from schools and teachers

​Teachers across the country have battled Storm Emma, The Beast From The East and last-minute costume nightmares to make it into schools today. Why? Well, there's just nothing quite like World Book Day. Here, we've rounded up a selection of the top tweets from schools and teachers around the country. Have we missed one? Send us your ...
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What is pedagogy and why does it matter?

 The quality of the teaching workforce and the teaching practice in classrooms is one of the biggest levers we have for improving student outcomes. Even after accounting for prior student learning and family background, research suggests that teacher quality is an important factor in student achievement.So, it follows, that energy, resources a...
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