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A beginner’s guide to: Katharine Birbalsingh

Best known for: Birbalsingh shot to fame following a speech she delivered at the 2010 Conservative Party Conference. Her heated rhetoric drew a lot of abuse on social media, and the nature of her sentiment apparently led the governors of the school she was teaching at to 'discuss her position'. Birbalsingh ultimately resigned her post, and turned h...
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David Didau and the discipline of cognitive psychology

David Didau is one of a small but growing band of practising teachers who promote the importance of research informed practice. His popular blog The Learning Spy seeks to identify the most interesting and practically oriented research on teaching and learning that can support classroom practice. Didau is never afraid to challenge wel...
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Count us in: what is maths mastery and how can schools in the UK get involved?

In the latest international Pisa tests , carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 22% of 15-year-olds in the UK performed at the lowest level of mathematics proficiency . In practice, this means they may be unable to carry out simple tasks, such as recognising that travelling four kilometres in 10 minutes means goi...
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Classroom Fad or Fix? The many sides of mixed-ability grouping

What is it? The process of putting students into classes that have a mix of abilities, rather than streaming them into sets alongside others of a similar attainment level. The practice is still quite rare in England's schools (both primary and secondary), with most leaders opting for the more traditional approach of setting by ability, particularly...
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A beginner’s guide to: Professor Eric Donald Hirsch

Best known for: His book 'Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know', which argues that the majority of children in the United States are not being taught the basic cultural knowledge that allows them to participate fully in contemporary society. Quick biography: Born: 22 March, 1928 Nationality: American Where does he work?   ...
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