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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 co...
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A beginner's guide to Pasi Sahlberg

Where does he work?  Pasi Sahlberg is currently visiting professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and was formerly director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation in Finland. He gained his PhD in 1996 at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Quick facts:  Born: 1969  Nationalit...
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David Didau and the discipline of cognitive psychology

David Didau is one of a small but growing band of practising teachers who promote the importance of research informed practice. His popular blog The Learning Spy seeks to identify the most interesting and practically oriented research on teaching and learning that can support classroom practice. Didau is never afraid to challenge wel...
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How to run a journal club in your school: top tips from research

 For any school dipping their toe into evidence-based practice, journal clubs may seem like an obvious activity to try. It gives teachers chance to engage with research and discuss their ideas, and how they might implement the findings, with colleagues in a supportive, environment. But what does the research say about how journal clubs work be...
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Changes to SEND policy: what teachers and school leaders need to know

As of January 2016, there were 236,805 pupils in Englandwith a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. This is an increase of 640 from 2015 – and equates to 2.8% of the total pupil population. Schools are still coming to terms with huge policy changes in this area. Following on from the Equalities A...
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