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Five scientifically proven ways to help your students master the art of concentration

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A recent study found that students' minds are most likely to wander in class on Mondays and Fridays . Getting rid of weekends (which are clearly very distracting) isn't an option, but there are ways to help improve their concentration, even from a very young age . Here's how. Encourage them to eat a healthy breakfast   There is a growing ...
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Can't convince your colleagues about the value of evidence? You may be a victim of the backfire effect

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One of the challenges faced by school research leads is the need to engage with colleagues who have different views about the role of evidence in bringing about improvement. In fact, it's not just the role of evidence that's likely to be debated – you might even face differing views about the evidence itself. In 2010, two researchers – Brendan Nyha...
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A beginner’s guide to Professor Toby Greany

A beginner’s guide to Professor Toby Greany
Where does he work? Toby Greany is currently professor of education at the University of Nottingham, prior to which he was a professor of leadership and innovation at University College London's Institute of Education. He completed his MEd in adult education at the University of Manchester, before going on to become director of research and in...
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Are we really raising aspirations?

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In schools we assume a lot we probably shouldn't. One of the most damaging of these assumptions is that disadvantaged children want the sort of lives their teachers have but just don't know how to get them. When children make it clear, through bad behaviour or lack of work, they don't want to get qualifications and have professional careers we attr...
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Joining a multi-academy trust: a governor’s view

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My school is an outstanding secondary located in London and was one of the first schools to convert to academy status – and we have recently joined a multi-academy trust (MAT). As a governing board, we were quite aware of what is happening nationally; collaboration is top of the agenda now, and there are benefits that come from working with other s...
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