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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How to prepare students for exams – Education Article

As the summer term begins, we are now into the ‘business end’ of the school year. Non-Examination Assessment (coursework, in old money) will very soon be done and dusted. Marks will be submitted, samples bagged up and sent off… and fingers crossed. That leaves you ‘free’ to focus entirely on preparing students for their exams. Of course, one by-product of the reformed GCSEs is that, in theory, students have essentially been preparing for their final exams since Day 1 of…

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Exam season looms: Keep mental health in mind – Education Article

The start of the summer term marks the beginning of one the most stressful periods of the school year – exam season.Obviously, it stands to reason that this is the time of the year when students are likely to feel the pressure the most. But it’s also a time that can be fraught with anxieties and concerns for teachers too.The school classroom can easily become a pressure cooker of emotions and worries in the run up to exams.Therefore, as exam…

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How balanced is your school teaching staff? – Education Article

Search online for information about a balanced economy, or a balanced diet, and page after page is listed.  Look for a balanced teaching staff, and the options are somewhat more limited.  Because, like everything that is best, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. What constitutes a balanced teaching staff?  Perhaps the best definition has two parts.  Quality and sustainability. It was hard to understand why the local authority had put the little village primary into special measures.  Equally,…

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Best Education Apps to Use In and Out of the Classroom – Education Article

As more and more classrooms are joining the 1:1 technology initiative (a computer device for every student), education is finally changing its look in schools across the globe. Textbooks are no longer considered the must-have item that they used to be in the classroom. After all, you can find much more content online on any subject than could ever be fit into a textbook. On top of that, it is much less expensive! Textbooks are not cheap and being able…

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How to boost teacher recruitment and retention – Education Article

Not to put too fine a point on it, at present we are failing dismally both to recruit the number of teachers needed or to retain them for any decent length of time. This constitutes an awful waste of talent – and the consequences for education in this country are massive. Recruitment and retention issues prevent schools from delivering the quality of education that they want to be able to deliver and that children deserve. What’s more, if a solution…

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The future of music education in schools – Education Article

A recent survey conducted by Sussex University has painted a bleak picture of the place of Music in the school curriculum. It found that the number of schools offering Music A-level has dropped by 15% in the last two years. The situation for Music Technology A-level looks even worse, with a 32% drop over the same period. There has also been a 10% fall in the number of students taking a GCSE Music qualification since 2016. Fewer schools are offering…

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