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Brain food: why breakfast really is the most important meal of the day

We've all heard that it's the most important meal of the day, but research has made it official: breakfast is linked to better performance in the classroom. According to a study from Cardiff University in 2015, the odds of an 11-year-old student achieving above average in a test were twice as high for those who ate breakfast compared with those who...
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10 brilliant women in education to follow on Twitter

​We've put together a list of our favourite women to follow for education news, comment, research and just general good sense. It's far from exhaustive, so please give us your recommendations in the comments below, or via @EdCentral and we'll share as many as possible@drbeckyallenBecky Allen is co-founder and chief analyst at Teacher Tapp. Until De...
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Birbalsingh, tiger teachers and the Michaela way

Teacher Katherine Birbalsingh received a standing ovation at the 2010 Conservative Party Conference, when she said:"The [education] system is broken because it keeps poor children poor." She went on to condemn a "culture of excuses, of low standards"; "the chaos of our classrooms"; and a "sea of bureaucracy".Birbalsingh has since regretted her comm...
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Classroom fad or fix? The big picture on class sizes

What is it? The belief that smaller class sizes mean better results for pupils. It's an idea that has huge support among parents, who (understandably) follow the logic that if there are fewer pupils in class, their child will get more attention and be more likely to succeed.The public are quick to jump on the bandwagon too. In his book, David ...
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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, the...
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