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The changing role of children: should they have more chance to contribute outside of school?

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Berry Mayall. Have we gone too far with ‘scholarising’ childhood in the modern world? My new book, Visionary Women and Visible Childhoods, England 1900-1920: Childhood and the Women’s Movement, explores children’s experiences of home and school during the early Twentieth

Just how good are academy schools? A new database makes it easier to tell

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Bilal Nasim.  There has been huge interest in the performance of schools that have changed from mainstream to academy status in recent years. Since 2010, successive governments have backed the opening of more academies, arguing that they drive up standards

What happened to the link between the women’s movement and the fight for children’s rights?

Wednesday, 07 March 2018

Berry Mayall.  Once upon a time, English women fought for childhood – not just for gender equality with men. In 1900 women fought for suffrage, but also for a socialist society – a better deal for all. Children at that time had

Brexit: German universities among those poised to benefit if researchers and funding shift

Friday, 23 February 2018

Humboldt University in Berlin. German universities may emerge as ‘winners’ from Brexit. Tilemahos Efthimiadis, CC BY Aline Courtois The UK is currently the second-largest recipient of competitive research funding from the EU: 6% of students and 17% of staff in

Generation Gifted: the statistical data behind the personal stories

Thursday, 22 February 2018

  Heather Joshi.  While personal stories contain a depth of detail that cannot be collected on a grand scale, statistical evidence provides the background against which exceptional cases can be seen in wider perspective. BBC2’s ‘Generation Gifted’ documentary series is following six

Teacher shortages: are a handful of schools a big part of the problem?

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Sam Sims and Rebecca Allen.   We recently met a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), let’s call her Ellen, who had been delighted to get their first teaching job in a North London primary school deemed outstanding by Ofsted. She arrived on

We need to talk about subjects – and to know what great subject-specific professional development looks like

Monday, 19 February 2018

Philippa Cordingley and Toby Greany. We need to talk about how teachers become expert – not just at teaching, but at teaching across different subjects. All too often in education we get side-tracked by debates about issues such as high

Supporting young people in care: teaching the next generation of professionals ways to think creatively at the point of crisis

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Claire Cameron.  Driving through a wood, late at night, a streetwise 17-year-old becomes panicky as her mobile signal dies. John, her foster carer, knows she is entering her panic zone, turns the car around and sees the girl’s face relax

Our greatest challenge: what is the best way to support the most challenged schools?

Monday, 12 February 2018

IOE Events.  The fifth in our ‘What if…?’ debates series, looking at how best to support the most challenged schools, featured the stellar line-up of the National Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, Sam Freedman of Teach First, Head of Passmores

Ofsted’s use of Artificial Intelligence: how smart is it to automate risk assessments?

Friday, 09 February 2018

Melanie Ehren. Ofsted has come under attack for its collaboration with the Behavioural Insights Team for using machine learning to identify failing schools. According to several sources (BBC and Matthew Reynolds), BIT has been trialling machine learning models that can