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The taste of Mandarin is sweeter when the teaching methods are informed by research

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

  Katharine Carruthers.  It is now possible to do predictive texting in Chinese. British Ambassador to China, Dame Barbara Woodward said:  “I can bash things into my phone and know I’m broadly getting it right. So it (Chinese) has become

Educators: are you ready, willing and able to meet the ‘perfect storm’ of AI?

Monday, 16 April 2018

Rose Luckin.  Today the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence launched their report with a question: AI in the UK:  ready, willing and able? Their answer is a classic cocktail of yes, but not really. We are certainly

Exploring what it means to be ‘evidence-rich’ in practice

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Naomi Bath.  The RSA’s Learning About Culture programme aims to develop more evidence of what works in cultural learning and to help practitioners to use evidence from their own work and elsewhere to improve their practice. At the centre of the

“How can I get them to trust me?” The million-dollar question at the heart of teaching

Monday, 09 April 2018

Rob Webster. Sometimes it’s not just the victory; it’s the manner of the victory. Just last month, London teacher (and IOE alumna), Andria Zafirakou, beat more than 30,000 entrants to win the Varkey Foundation’s annual Global Teacher prize. Leading the tributes,

What kinds of activities will encourage more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to keep studying science?

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Tamjid Mujtaba.  I have worked on a range of projects as a mixed-methods researcher over the years although none as quite exciting as  Chemistry for All,  a longitudinal project funded in 2014 by the The Royal Society of Chemistry. Why

Which modern management techniques work best for schools?

Monday, 26 March 2018

Alex Bryson, Lucy Stokes and David Wilkinson.  (Reblogged from LSE Business Review) For decades, private sector firms have been aware of the benefits they can derive by investing in the management of their employees. Incentivising employees through individual and group performance

A tale for today: how much is a free lunch at the ‘Koob Café’?

Friday, 23 March 2018

Rose Luckin.  Chris walked into a London cafe. It had a strange name: ‘Koob Cafe’, but Chris had been attracted by the sign over the door saying “Free Lunch here all day every day.” The cafe staff explained that all

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