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Schools thrive with order, discipline and the eccentric teachers who do things differently

"Let down your buckets!" Mr Wilkes shouts at window-shaking volume. It's 1993 or 1994 and I am in my earth science class, a subject I think would be called geography today. Mr Wilkes paces the front of the room, red-faced and miming semaphore. "The becalmed ship flagged back its reply. We need fresh water! We need to drink!" We all lean forward, th...
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A lesson in how schools are getting down with sex and relationships education

When it was announced earlier this month that sex and relationships education (SRE) was to be made compulsory in England's schools, it was met with relief from many teachers, parents and other groups who have long campaigned for the move. Young people have also been crying out for a more coherent approach to SRE; a recent survey from Barnados found...
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Why won't schools listen to the experts about reducing workload?

It's been more than a year since the Department for Education published reports from three independent review groups addressing issues raised by the Workload Challenge survey. All three reports gave clear recommendations to help reduce teacher marking , planning and data management . But is the message getting through to leaders? To look at sc...
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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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Year 6 trainee placement? No need to fear, check out our survival tips ...

So, you managed to make it through your last placement, perhaps in KS1 or LKS2. The heady glow of completion, although fast becoming a distant memory, still brings a smile and sense of relief. Even if you experienced the usual wobbles along the way, you appreciate that this is all part of the learning curve; the frequent challenges of becoming a be...
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