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The importance of teaching knowledge (not just skills)

The importance of teaching knowledge (not just skills)
As much of the world clamoured to define the term "21st-century skills" and explain how teachers could instill them in their pupils, Daisy Christodoulou took a step back. In her 2013 book Seven Myths About Education , she identified, addressed and subsequently demolished seven assumptions that pervade teacher training and classroom practice but don...
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Do smaller class sizes really improve student outcomes?

Do smaller class sizes really improve student outcomes?
While it might feel like having fewer pupils in your class would help you make more progress, there is strangely little hard evidence that reducing class sizes consistently improves student attainment. It's not just teachers who gravitate towards a leaner classroom; reducing class sizes is extremely appealing to parents and one of the main attracti...
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Benchmarking against the best in the world

"Instead of comparing ourselves with the past, we should compare ourselves with the best"               by Michael Gove (2010) Politicians and the media have long taken an interest in the results of the two main cross-national comparative studies of pupil achievement – The Programme for International Student ...
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Focus on ... The Teaching Schools Council

Focus on ... The Teaching Schools Council
With its network of over 600 teaching schools across nine English regional networks, the Teaching Schools Council (TSC) has a regional and national-facing school improvement role. Its belief that great teaching is at the heart of a self-improving school-led system underpins its ambassadorial role in 'developing, improving and changing education' so...
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Focus on ... determining what research evidence to trust

A new guide from US-based Mathematica Policy Research's Center for Improving Research Evidence, explains to educators how to tell which type of research evidence supports claims about effectiveness, ordering them from the weakest (anecdotal) to the strongest (causal). The guide gives examples of common sources for each type of evidence, such as mar...
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