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Do good teachers always make effective school leaders?

Have you known excellent classroom practitioners who have failed to make the transition to successful school leadership – as middle leaders, senior leaders, or headteachers? Have you known indifferent teachers go on to be skilful and effective leaders? I've been thinking about the relationship between teaching and leading in education recently. It ...
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A beginner’s guide to Professor K Anders Ericsson

What is he best known for? Being an expert on experts. His research focuses on the science of peak performance, looking at areas as diverse as medicine, music, chess and sports, detailing how extended deliberate practice helps performers to become superior in their fields. Quick facts: Born: 1947 Nationality: Swedish Professional bio: Professo...
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A beginner’s guide to Professor Andy Hargreaves

Best known for: In January 2015, Hargreaves was ranked the number six scholar with the most influence on US policy. He consults with organisations and governments all over the world and has authored or edited over 30 books, several of which have gained awards. He currently serves as adviser in education to the Premier of Ontario. He is also foundin...
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‘Diversity is dire in education’ – the grassroots campaign bringing change to the face of school leadership

"I spend every working day with children, parents, teacher and leaders from a range of different backgrounds, and until they are able to pass through professional and educational life without needing to contemplate being disadvantaged by their skin colour, their culture or their religion, there is a pressing need for #BAMEed." Jonny Walker, Assista...
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Competition can be helpful in the classroom – but teachers need to use it carefully

When it comes to introducing competition into your classroom, opinion is both fierce and divided. Is a little healthy rivalry useful for motivation? Or should students focus solely on their own achievements? Psychologist Bradley Busch and teacher Dave Marsham discuss the science and practicality of this controversial topic. "It can motivate and ins...
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