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The restless globe

Trick(y) Question: Which is the fifth largest ‘country by population’ in the world today, and will be the third largest by 2050?

Answer: After China, India, USA, and Indonesia, the fifth largest today is ‘all the peoples of the world who are living in a country that is not the one they were born in’. 778 more words


The third teacher

The Reggio Emilia approach highlighted the importance of the physical environment on learning and teaching.  The incorporation of the physical environment (in Reggio Emilia) to enhance early childhood experiences is seen as the child’s ‘third teacher’. 162 more words

Contemporary Schooling

Discipline. Facetime. Pipeline.

A recent HuffPo article reveals results of California’s efforts to reduce student suspensions for minor behavioral infractions. Spoiler: the results have been mostly positive.

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Schools causing concern: proposals should focus on capacity to improve

Melanie Ehren.

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation on ways to intervene in failing, underperforming and coasting schools. The document puts forward a new set of interventions specifically for ‘coasting’ schools, which are defined as those where fewer than 85% of pupils achieve the floor standards across reading, writing and mathematics in three consecutive years, and where pupils make insufficient progress. 751 more words

Education Policy

Postcard from Brunei

A gentle global hop from Singapore takes me to Brunei. It is a visit of two halves, each reminding me that excellence is that unmistakable blend of high intention, sincere effort and intelligent execution. 680 more words


Postcard from Singapore

The Isle of Wight covers an area of about 150 square miles and sports a population of just over 140,000. Similarly shaped and with a slightly larger land mass, the steaming city state of Singapore supports 5.5 million. 618 more words

School Improvement

Regional Schools Commissioners and the performance of multi-academy trusts

By Ben Durbin

Substantial and increasing numbers of English schools are run by Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), and yet we currently have no consistent and agreed upon method for assessing how well these MATs are performing. 763 more words

Evidence-based Practice