Education

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Banning school mobiles improves exam results

Banning mobile phones from schools has the effect of giving pupils an extra week's education over the course of an academic year, researchers say. The...
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Formal exams for my 8-year old

Assessments for youngsters is a much discussed issue in the UK what with SATs all over the primary schools and pre-schoolers being labelled as...
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School pressure damaging our girls?

Barely a day seems to go by without a news report on the latest scientific research on a modern health issue. So many and conflicting do they appear...
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Failings in laws governing home education

The case of a disabled boy who was removed from school and suffered years of neglect has highlighted serious failings in the laws governing...
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Why I disagree with school targets

When you enter the teaching profession you learn very quickly that success in a school will occur if there is a triangular connection between...
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Science being squeezed out of primary schools

The Accidental Teacher raises some pertinent questions about the effects of trying to squeeze too much into the primary school curriculum. Are we creating...
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Pupils address male and female teachers differently

There was an article in the Times Educational Supplement magazine about how children address men and women differently. I found the article so engaging and...
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Why are more teachers reaching for resignation letters than signing up?

The topic to kick off my thoughts on education focuses on why there is an exodus of Biblical proportions of teachers from the profession,...

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Hang-ups

We all have hang-ups. Mine is unfairness, the origins of which are lodged in my childhood. There was the time it was suspected a...
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What do you know?

One of the joys (and pain) of being older is that we know stuff. From our first scraped knee to our devastated heart at...
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How are you? No, really, how are you?

The Post-40 Bloggers' writing prompt this week asked a simple question - "How are you?" The question was stunningly answered by blogger Hilary Farrow. Ed Whenever you...
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Very first visit to the cinema

We liked Sue's treatment of our writing prompt No. 107 (First cinema experience). Her simple telling of walking out with her dad without, uncommonly,...
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Inner conflict – a writing prompt

This week's writing prompt is about inner conflict. Are you wrestling with a problem, for instance, that has a solution, but you're reluctant to take it?...
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Your personal elevator pitch

This week, we're asking you to sum up in 140 characters or less (actually in about 122 characters or less with the hashtag we give...