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Issue 6.4

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SLT 6.4 Editorial: After the Govian Deluge, part two

If anyone is in doubt about the legitimacy of looking at Gove’s impact on education policy now that a new year has arrived, then recent editorials in The Times should convince them of his long-term influence. ‘Gove’s reform of the GCSE exams must be carried through!’ they cried.

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SLT 6.4 Contents

What's in this issue?

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SLT 6.4 Points

Headteachers warn of job losses under further budget cuts; schools should consider positive discrimination, says Ofsted; government announces £67 million to encourage STEM graduates into teaching; and more.

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Are the Chinese that much better than us?

Children of cleaners in Shanghai outperform the sons and daughters of UK doctors and lawyers in global maths tests, according to the OECD. But is the reason for this down to good teachers, the Chinese culture, or something else entirely?

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SLT 6.4 Report Update

Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools; National curriculum assessments at Key Stage 2 in England, 2014; The BT British invention index; The sexual exploitation of children: It couldn’t happen here, could it?

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Promoting maths and literacy across the curriculum

Ranking almost bottom of all developed countries, the UK has a long way to go in terms of literacy and numeracy levels. But what can be done? Lisa Jane Ashes says it’s time to break down the barriers between subject areas and get all teachers emphasising the importance of maths and English across the curriculum.

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Teaching in a global classroom

Recent developments in technology have opened up endless possibilities for connecting with classrooms all over the world. Here, edtech advocates Julie M. Wood and Nicole Ponsford explore a few simple ways technology can be used to promote international collaboration and encourage self-reflection and development among students and teachers alike.

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Are your pupils prepared for the world of work?

Employers have been bemoaning the lack of job skills in school leavers for some time now – but what can be done? Susan Croft provides some practical advice for schools looking to give their pupils an edge in today’s competitive job market.

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22/05/2014
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Keeping new teachers teaching

With the numbers of pupils in UK schools rising faster than the number of qualified teachers, retaining new talent and maximising their potential is a priority for all schools. Chris Wheatley believes it’s up to school leaders to create the conditions that prevent new teachers losing their early enthusiasm. Later, Paul Stone shares the hands-on approach he takes to supporting the NQTs in his own school.

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22/05/2014
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Rethinking our approach to teaching and learning

Researchers have discovered much about what makes learning successful, but how can we ensure this evidence influences our practice? Continuing his series on alternative approaches to school improvement, Professor John-West Burnham presents seven evidence-based truths about learning and their practical implications for the organisation of schools and teaching.

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22/05/2014
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The end of outstanding? Why Ofsted should stop grading teachers

We’ve seen Ofsted make many reforms to their observation and grading process over the last few years, but is it time they stopped grading teaching altogether? Dominic Brockway explains why he believes the current methods of observation and grading are unhelpful, even harmful – and it seems Ofsted agrees.

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22/01/2015
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Caught in the trap - How problem debt damages children

Nearly two and a half million children in the UK are living in families with problem debt. The impact of such poverty on these children’s lives has long been overlooked, but a recent research project has uncovered an unsettling reality. Sam Royston reports.

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Power down: Energy-saving tips for the ICT suite and beyond

UK schools currently waste £70 million of energy a year, according to the Carbon Trust. Could the solution lie in simply switching off computers when they’re not in use? Jonathan Valentine considers how schools can better manage their ICT equipment and energy consumption to reduce bills.

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Supporting physical development in the early years

It’s during their early years that children develop the physical skills they’ll need to lead a healthy, active life. Yet very few practitioners have access to the training they need to support this. Tania Swift outlines the basics of early physical development, and explores ways teachers can inspire, motivate and energise the children in their care.

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22/01/2015
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Reflecting on children’s learning to personalise practice

What can you learn from reflecting on even just one instance of early play? Sue Lyle shows how documenting children’s learning, and taking the time to reflect on it, can help EYFS practitioners better understand their pupils’ capabilities and develop a more child-centred approach to nurturing early development.

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Manager's Briefcase - Perceptions of pupil behaviour

Suzanne O’Connell provides a series of surveys to find out how staff, parents and pupils feel about behaviour in your school, and ensure that you have a clear and accurate view of pupil behaviour, including in relation to low-level disruption.

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