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6 must read texts on mindset, resilience, grit and character

Natasha Devon, until recently the government's mental health champion for schools, said before departing from her post:Time and time again young people – and the people who teach them – have spoken out about how a rigorous culture of testing and academic pressure is detrimental to their mental health. At one end of the scale we've got four year old...
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Focus on ... determining what research evidence to trust

A new guide from US-based Mathematica Policy Research's Center for Improving Research Evidence, explains to educators how to tell which type of research evidence supports claims about effectiveness, ordering them from the weakest (anecdotal) to the strongest (causal). The guide gives examples of common sources for each type of evidence, such as mar...
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A beginner’s guide to Professor Larry Cuban

Where does he work?Cuban is a professor of education at Stanford University. He began his career as a high school social studies teacher, working up to district superintendent and finally university professor. He gained his PhD from Stanford University in 1974. Quick facts Nationality: AmericanBorn: 1934Twitter: @cubanlarry...
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A lesson in how schools are getting down with sex and relationships education

When it was announced earlier this month that sex and relationships education (SRE) was to be made compulsory in England's schools, it was met with relief from many teachers, parents and other groups who have long campaigned for the move.Young people have also been crying out for a more coherent approach to SRE; a recent survey from Barnados found ...
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A beginner’s guide to Professor Robin Alexander

Robin Alexander gained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, beginning his career as a teacher before becoming a lecturer at the University of Leeds. He is currently a fellow of Wolfson College at Cambridge, honorary professor of education at the University of York, professor of education emeritus at the University of Warwick, and chair of...
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