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The impact of ED Hirsch on the UK education curriculum

Whilst relatively few in the education world are aware of it, the impact of the American educator and academic Professor Eric Donald Hirsch Jr on the UK government's education reforms since 2010, has been profound. Reformers have claimed that 'progressive' child-centred education from the 1960s has been 'curriculum-lite' and damaging to children's ...
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Latest hot new research for 2016

Latest hot new research for 2016
This week, Patrick Watson, EdCentral's resident research expert shares his pick of hot new research and research-related titles published so far in 2016. The first 6 months of 2016 have seen a plethora of emerging research, evaluation and guidance with topics ranging from attainment and high performance strategies to languages trends and mental wel...
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Formative assessment. How do teachers know their students are learning?

Formative assessment. How do teachers know their students are learning?
The short answer is, of course, that they don't. Not unless they get effective, structured feedback from their students. This is where 'formative assessment' comes in. Paul Black and Dylan Wiliam, in their seminal work, 'Inside the black box: raising standards through classroom assessment' define formative assessment as encompassing: "all those act...
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Bringing the discoveries of neuroscience to the classroom

Bringing the discoveries of neuroscience to the classroom
Progress in neuroscience is rapidly influencing the way we think about teaching and learning. Cognitive scientists and behavioural psychologists now claim to have a better understanding – based on new empirical evidence – of how our minds and memories work, how and why we make decisions and how we learn. Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary fi...
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Gearing up for the new careers guidance strategy

With the Department for Education about to publish a comprehensive careers strategy (expected post referendum), articulating the careers provision responsibilities of each and every school from primary to age 18, how can schools gear themselves up for their new responsibilities? By 2020, the government has stipulated that it wants a system where yo...
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