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How can schools be more inclusive and reduce exclusions? – Education Article

Exclusion is a hot topic at the moment. There is a growing concern about the rising number of school exclusions. Many commentators have questioned the fairness, even the legality, of many exclusions. Furthermore, a link has been made between the increasing number of exclusions and the rise in knife crime. So, what can do schools do to become more inclusive and therefore reduce exclusions? Exclusion trends in schools The available data regarding exclusions across the country makes for disturbing reading.…

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Incredible Educational Apps for Both Parents and Teachers – Education Article

Technology is constantly evolving. Just in the app space alone, by the time you finish reading this sentence, there will have been another couple of dozens of apps emerging out on the market. There are more than 500,000 educational apps currently out there that were created to assist both parents and teachers for the betterment of their children. The problem is that nobody that works with kids has enough time on their hands to go through all of them to…

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Are You Good Enough to Be a Teacher? – Education Article

Regardless of what certain people in the public may think, it takes a certain person to become an educator. One of my best friends always tries to make the case that anyone can be a teacher. He is in favor of homeschooling and his wife, a former teacher, homeschools their kids. It does work out well for their family, but I try to explain to him that not everyone can be a quality educator. He doesn’t see it this way…

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Do Small Class Sizes Improve Student Achievement? – Education Article

As all school budgets tighten a bit as funding shrinks, a common theme is to eliminate teachers and just make the class sizes larger. While there is no doubt that this strategy can save a good chunk of money, the question is whether it is worth it. Is there an academic benefit to having smaller class sizes? What the Research Shows Research demonstrates that there is a direct correlation between student achievement and class size, especially in the case of…

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Old, Broken and In Need of Retirement – Our Education System – Education Article

Other than the odd minor tweak, our education system has sat broadly unchanged since the Victorian era. Yes, there was that experiment with middle schools in the seventies and eighties, some of which continue today. Certainly, the leaving age has steadily crept up as Governments battle to find ways to lower the unemployment figures. Is anybody really clear about the options for 16-year olds today, unless they actually work in further education?While some seventeen-year olds are still facing the daily…

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5 Tips for Writing Your College Entrance Essay – Education Article

There perhaps is no greater essay you will write than the one that gets you into your dream college. In high school classes, you may have been able to scribble out an essay at the last moment and still have your teacher give you a good grade on it. However, college is an entirely different beast. And with your college entrance essay that is required by most colleges and universities for acceptance, this one could decide your future. It is…

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The importance of having a vision and ethos in schools – Education Article

You cannot underestimate just how important it is for a school to have a strong vision and ethos. However, it’s all too easy for the likes of a vision, an ethos or a mission statement to be something that exists in name or on paper only. These are the sorts of things that become a part of a school’s marketing strategy and emblazoned across wall displays or the school prospectus. But it’s only when a school’s vision and ethos is…

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Being Liberal – Whose Side to Take On the Protests in Birmingham – Education Article

I thought Jo Brand’s battery acid joke was quite funny. But not harmful. It’s unlikely to inspire a revival in British Leyland’s business and anyway the burny stuff is quite hard to get hold of. At least, I assume so. I’m not a hundred per cent sure of that, because I know that if I look up ‘battery acid for sale as a weapon’ online I’m likely to have contravened some anti-terrorism law or other and will end up spending…

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#RunAndRevise: Running to beat exam stress – Education Article

It’s hardly a ground-breaking statement to make to say that physical exercise has many benefits. People obviously understand that regular activity is good for our physical health. The benefits to our mental well-being from being active are hardly a surprise to the general public either. All of this is common knowledge. So, it’s perhaps a little surprising that a link between the benefits of exercise and exam revision hasn’t been made sooner – or more often. Now, England Athletics has…

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Benefits of extra-curricular activities for students – Education Article

There is so much pressure on schools these days and the focus on exam performance, league tables and Ofsted is unrelenting. However, schools should always remember that there is much more to education than exam grades. Here are some of the many benefits for having a wide and varied extra-curricular programme in schools. Improved Academic Performance There is a solid argument to say that extra-curricular activities are valuable just because they offer something different from traditional lessons. They give young…

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Why Media Studies should be seen as a valuable subject in schools – Education Article

Few subjects have been as belittled over the last two decades as Media Studies. The supposed pointlessness of Media Studies degrees has seen the subject become the butt of many jokes. In schools, Media Studies has struggled to survive in the face of the government’s relentless drive to promote ‘academic’ subjects. Like many other creative subjects and the Arts, Media Studies has become devalued and entry numbers at both GCSE and A Level have plummeted. The simple question is: Why?…

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Do Extra-Curricular Activities Equate to Better Education? – Education Article

Why do parents choose to spend up to twenty thousand pounds a year to educate their children privately? Prestige? Snobbery? A misplaced perception that if they pay, it must be better? Independent schools would list reasons more closely connected with pedagogy. Small classes, traditional standards…plus something a little more left field. A wide provision of extra-curricular activities. Clubs and Activities – A Case Study In a recent, in depth and scientifically viable study recently carried out by myself, I visited…

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What schools can do to support Muslim pupils during Ramadan – Education Article

Once again, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan has fallen at the same time as the exam season in the UK. This year, the last week or so will fall when most schools are on half-term – which is perhaps fortunate – but many GCSEs and A levels are still scheduled to take place in the weeks before. The ‘timetable clash’ between Ramadan and exams has occurred for a few years now and has caused much concern and debate. Some…

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How Teaching Has Evolved During the Last Decade – Education Article

As we get older, ten years does not seem like such a long time anymore. After all, we probably all have t-shirts in the closet and socks in the drawer that are older than ten years. When we were younger, it seemed like a lifetime. But now, it appears a decade can go by in the blink of an eye. This is never truer than being a teacher in the classroom. Before you know it, ten years can fly by…

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How the Best Teachers Teach Reading – Education Article

Reading is one of those fundamental skills that all students, regardless or interests or aptitudes, must acquire. The modern world is built on the written word, and kids who fail to gain strength in literacy will fail to thrive as adults. While reading habits start in the home, teachers have a significant impact on how children approach reading — specifically when it comes to strategies for comprehension. Unfortunately, not all reading teachers are alike; many teachers do not impart the…

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How To Detect Plagiarism? – The Educator Blog – Education Article

What is plagiarism? Why students plagiarize? When we talk about plagiarism and writing, we refer to stealing someone else’s work and presenting it as your own. Although it is not fair, both to the original author and the teacher, students do it a lot. Why? As we know teachers often give writing assignments to their students to check their knowledge and understanding regarding a particular topic. But, students don’t like writing. So, what do they do? They cheat! They try…

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