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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 inf...
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A beginner’s guide to Professor Steve Higgins

What is he best known for? Higgins specialises in the use of research evidence to support effective spending in schools – probably most famously with the Sutton Trust and Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Teaching and Learning Toolkit; a summary of education research that offers advice for teachers and schools on how to improve attainment i...
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Being a teaching assistant has made me feel more alive than ever – and even more determined to become a teacher

"Frankly, I question your sanity going into teaching," a former boss said, in response to my request for a reference for my part-time PGCE application.I can't say I blame him. On my first day as teaching assistant (TA) at a local primary school (a job I have taken to complement my PGCE and bring in a little cash) I encountered two news reports abou...
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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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A beginner’s guide to Jo Boaler

Where does she work?Jo Boaler is currently a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University, and faculty director of YouCubed, a provider of new and innovative techniques and resources for the teaching of maths. She completed her PhD in mathematics education at King's College London.Quick facts: Born: 1964Nationality: BritishTw...
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