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A beginner's guide to Professor Viviane Robinson

Where does she work?  Robinson is currently a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, and academic director of its Centre for Educational Leadership. She is also a visiting professor at the London Institute of Education. She gained her PhD in clinical psychology from Harvard University in 1976. Quick facts: Nationa...
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Facilitating subjects are more important than ever – but what are they?

"I want Britain to be a place where advantage is based on merit, not privilege. Where it's your talent and hard work that matter, not where you were born, who your parents are or what your accent sounds like." When prime minister Theresa May set out her vision for Britain in September 2016, social mobility was high on the agenda. Educators often fi...
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Teachers, stop using collective punishment – it makes you look weak and lazy

I have given up on collective punishment. Don't get me wrong, I have been that teacher. It was many years ago, but I can still feel the sheer desperation and the feeling of vindictive hatred towards the pupils who had wrecked my well-intended, well-planned lesson. Eventually, I realised it was wrong – or perhaps I got better at managing my classes ...
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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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A beginner’s guide to Sir Michael Barber

Where does he work? Sir Michael Barber is the founder of Delivery Associations, a consulting agency that works with governments to support the welfare of citizens. He is also a globally recognised education expert, currently serving as a visiting professor at the Harvard School of Education and as chair of the Office for Students (OfS); a...
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