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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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EPISODE 54 – HEADSHIP, IT’S A PISA CAKE!

Matthew and Jay reflect upon a busy week in education.  Stories include changes to both the English and Scottish qualifications for headship, chartered teachers, criticisms and justifications of PISA international comparisons and a shocking statistic about teenage reading habits as well as a few festive (surely festering – ed) puns, sorry. The government decide that […]

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Episode 45 the Real David Cameron -yes really, real!

We are delighted to welcome the real David Cameron back onto the show for a fascinating discussion of his educational thinking and current work, including the recent #edupic11 event, trends in the education system and his recent work on governance and the review of local management in Scotland. David is former Director of Education in […]

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Remember Inspections?

Is this a question we will ever be able to ask?  Professor Brian Boyd asks why we need inspections and points to a lack of research evidence for their efficacy. Also, in the news… The Melrose school whose parents are trying to pay for a teacher. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-13358113 Are we inherently good or bad at subjects […]

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Ready, Fire, Aim

This week Jay is back on board after dodging Steve’s slings and arrows of football misfortune in the last episode.  The regular pundits are joined by Graham Thompson, Director of the Scottish Centre for Studies in School Administration (SCSSA) who talks passionately and sensibly about the benefits of evolutionary improvement in education and the need […]

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