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Episode 158: To Sleep Perchance to Pass?

Could having an extra hour in bed improve your GCSE results? Tonight we discuss this story as reported here. We also talk about the benefits and pitfalls of school placement, how some parents views have affected the decision to allow a boy from Sierra Leone to visit a school in Stockport (find more information here) […]

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Metaphorical Cathedrals

“Longpath” for Learning part 1 This article was partly inspired by reading the following article on Wired Magazine by Ari Wallach: http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2013/04/ideas-bank/forget-short-termism Photo from Wikimedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:David_Crawshaw This is what education should be focusing on now. In a recent Inside Learning episode/show, I realised that political oscillations and playing idealogical football with education would not […]

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Stress? What Stress? Oh OFSTED!

  Newspapers this week picked up on Michael Wilshaw’s speech to the Brighton College education conference.  Most centred on his mention of stress. “(we need) to challenge those who have power invested in them to make the difference, but too often make excuses for poor performance – it’s just too hard, the children are too […]

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Purpose Ed

The purpose of education is an endlessly fascinating and deeply puzzling question. I know it has exercised many minds recently on twitter, and indeed Jay wrote a piece on it on our Inside Learning blog. I have recently inclined towards the view that the purpose of education is economic. Education has to help you to […]

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The Road to Utopia

A good friend of mine is the headteacher of a very innovative and successful primary school.  Recently he was asked by some local councillors to demonstrate how his school was attaining.  It got me thinking about how complex this question actually is.   John was eleven in 2004.  He spent his days in class learning […]

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