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Classroom fad or fix? Growth mindset goes under the microscope

What is it? Growth mindset is Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck's theory that learners need to move away from the belief that skills are innate and unchanging – a "fixed mindset". Instead, the thinking goes, students must move towards a "growth mindset", where they believe their capabilities and skills can be developed through effort and...
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Could growth mindset support students’ mental health, as well as their learning?

Student wellbeing is top of the list priority list for many teachers at the moment.Issues, such as stress, anxiety, depression, fear of failure and perfectionism, are having a chilling effect on students of all ages. NHS data shows that there has been a 68% rise in hospital admissions for self-harm among girls under 17 in the last decade. Else...
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Do you know your free schools from your academies? Here’s our guide to secondary schools in England

We've all been there – you know you should know how academies and free schools differ, but since it doesn't make the daily grind of planning, assessment and teaching any easier, you have never had a moment to get your head around it.Our latest instalment of the bite size policy digest gives you a brief overview of all the different types of seconda...
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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 e...
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Progess 8 and Attainment 8: an overview

What are they?Up until 2016, all students and schools were measured on how many good GCSE's they achieved at A*- C, including English and mathematics.In October 2013, the government announced that a new secondary school accountability system would be implemented from 2016. It included two new headline measures, Attainment 8...
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