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Do smaller class sizes really improve student outcomes?

While it might feel like having fewer pupils in your class would help you make more progress, there is strangely little hard evidence that reducing class sizes consistently improves student attainment. It's not just teachers who gravitate towards a leaner classroom; reducing class sizes is extremely appealing to parents and one of the main attracti...
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10 things I learned as a lazy NQT

I was a lazy newly-qualified teacher (NQT). While there were negative aspects to that, there were some definite positives too. I eased myself into teaching, churning out a steady run of "satisfactory" lessons in my first year. I was really well supported by a motivated, organised and inspirational teacher – if she was long-suffering she didn't let ...
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From drunk declarations to awkward texts, what happens when teachers date their colleagues?

It's easy to see why teacher-teacher couples work well – they understand the long working hours, the emotional investment and the need to be in bed by 10pm on weeknights. But what about dating another teacher in your school?  Is having your beau in a nearby classroom a way to be close or a recipe for disaster? With Valentine's Day coming up, w...
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A beginner’s guide to: Professor Barak Rosenshine

Best known for: Rosenshine's research has contributed significantly to understanding the effectiveness of various instructional methods, which culminated in his identification of 10 principles of effective instruction. Quick facts: Born: 1930, Chicago, Illinois Deceased: May 2017, Urbana, Illinois Nationality: American Where did he w...
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Progess 8 and Attainment 8: an overview

What are they? Up until 2016, all students and schools were measured on how many good GCSE's they achieved at A*- C, including English and mathematics. In October 2013, the government announced that a new secondary school accountability system would be implemented from 2016. It included two new headline measures, Attainment...
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