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Looking nervous, and gesturing with her left hand, she continued…(Baroness Chakrabarti)

I watched Robert Peston interview Baroness Chakrabarti on Peston on Sunday (ITV) and noted that she ‘spoke’ mostly with her left hand. This would make her a leftie, in the true sense of the word were she to also write … Continue reading

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In education, testing does not raise stated standards

Those who believe educational performance can be raised to standards by frequent, more rigorous and robust testing are using a non-pedagogic definition of education. Were they to do so they would know (a) that standards are stated eg. run a … Continue reading

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America’s reading problem vs the dyslexia debate: the hegemony of the /right/, institutional inertia and radicalisation

In literate societies writing (and reading) defines our sense of self. It is therefore worth taking Gillian Tett’s ‘America’s reading problem’ FT.COM MAGAZINE December 19 /20 2015′ further in a wider educational, economic and political context. However I’d best start … Continue reading

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Does the education secretary know the difference between student and pupil.

On 2nd November the education secretary Nicky Morgan justified her proposed reintroduction of national tests for seven-year-olds in England, saying “robust” assessment was needed to measure progress in schools. To quote “To be really confident that students are progressing well … Continue reading

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Uta Frith vs Julian Elliott on dyslexia: and autism

Those familiar with Stephen Pepper’s World Hypotheses: A Study in Evidence, won’t be surprised at Uta Frith’s (FT Pioneering Force 11 October 12 October 2014 ) disagreement with Julian Elliott over the nature of dyslexia and its treatment. They inhabited … Continue reading

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If you’re certain you know you’re right put up your right hand

BBC Radio 4′s ‘Today in Parliament’ broadcast on Wed 8th January dealt with the issue of fiddling crime statistics .  The investigatory committee was the Public Administration Committee, chaired by Bernard Jenkin.  During the course of the report an intriguing … Continue reading

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Wilshaw’s focus on teachers and teaching rather than learners and learning is misplaced

Sir Michael Wilshaw has launched an online at-a-glance report card for each school, which he wants governors to use to hold head teachers to account. And in order to incentivize them he wants govenors to be paid. So having ‘blamed’ teachers, … Continue reading

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Gove’s changed examinations tactic and his rhetoric of rigour

What does Michael Gove’s change of tactic on public examinations tell us? From a political perspective it demonstrates that he has listened to those who critiqued his initial policy proposal. If he hadn’t changed he could be accused of not … Continue reading

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Is the description ‘reflecting, theorising and modelling practitioner’ gobbledegook? The British Psychological Society says “Yes”.

Is the attribution ‘reflecting, theorising and modelling practitioner’ gobbleydegook? The British Psychological Society (BPS) believes it is. Since these attributes, used separately, describe how the BPS itself operates the question arises as to why it should regard the concatenation to … Continue reading

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Teaching, performance related pay and the real world!

Some believe that education is a business like any other and therefore not only should its primary beneficiaries -that is successful pupils- be rewarded with starred performance ratings but so should those responsible for enabling such successes -that is their … Continue reading

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