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Should headteachers and school leaders maintain a teaching commitment?

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A recent Twitter conversation about the advantages and disadvantages of headteachers having a teaching commitment made me thoughtful. I was a head for 30 years and taught each class of year 7 one English lesson every week throughout this time. I was paired with the English teacher who taught them for the rest of the time. If I had to be out of...
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A beginner's guide to Professor John Jerrim

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Where does he work? John Jerrim is a Professor of Education and Social Statistics at the University College London Institute of Education. He is a significant contributor to the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).He completed his PhD in social statistics at the University of Southampton in 2011 and was honoured as being...
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How to stop research interventions that don't seem to work: 10 key steps

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In early December, there was a strange alignment between the real-world and Twitter when the issue of evidence-based practice in education was discussed in three conversations: The Coalition for Evidence-Based Education talked about the notion of strategic abandonment (thank you @DrCarolineCreaby) Later in the evening,  #DebatED discussed "whe...
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What are your hopes for education in 2018?

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It's that time of year again: with Christmas gluttony behind us, it's time to look sharp and make some 2018 resolutions. So we asked a variety of educators about their hopes and wishes for the year ahead. If you have one you would like to add, feel free to comment below or join us on Twitter @EdCentral Flexible working I'm pleased to see the profil...
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11 life lessons for students

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I wrote the following letter to one of my classes a few years ago. I've removed a few specific comments – feel free to share this with anyone you see fit. Hey guys/gals, You are awesome and I want you to know that. You are a special group and I want to leave you with a few pointers/ideas/life lessons. This is a general list – don't take any of it t...
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