Tag Archives: Teachers

A different perspective on learning – insights from a Home Educator

The educational views of families who’ve been home educating for a long time really challenge our traditional assumptions about education. One parent has been doing so for twenty five years and I had the opportunity to ask her about it. … Continue reading

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How can children learn autonomously?

Many parents who home school use an autonomous approach to their children’s learning. It can be quite hard to understand how this could possibly work if you’re used to school, where children have no choice in the activities set to … Continue reading

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Why do some teachers cheat?

Those of you with an interest in teaching may have seen a very interesting article which popped up recently in the Guardian about teachers feeling under enough pressure to ‘inflate’ grades given to pupils by their Local Education Authority (LEA). Public … Continue reading

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Testing times for our children

Some new research and a couple of policy announcements have caught my eye just recently and it’s about time had my tuppence worth on the important issues raised. First off, a new report has found that one in five young … Continue reading

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Do teachers get paid enough when you consider their training?

So it transpires that my recent article on the temperatures experienced in classrooms across the UK brought up another debate about the power of the two biggest unions in the country for teachers, the NUT and NASUWT. Their total membership … Continue reading

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Golly, teachers’ unions seek to improve conditions

Golly shock horror – teachers’ unions seek to improve working conditions for staff. The injunction to ‘Grow up and use some common sense!’ is depressingly typical of a political culture which seeks to demonise unions as irresponsible. It is all too … Continue reading

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Teacher unions asking for a maximum temperature? Grow up and use some common sense!

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the NASUWT both renewed calls the other week for the government to impose legal limits on the maximum temperature that classrooms should operate.  Temperatures in school classrooms have been reaching 32 degrees in … Continue reading

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Should we be worried about advertising in secondary schools?

A few weeks ago I blogged about the NUS’s call to arms as it looks to recruit UK Universities into backing its new campaign to ban advertising from payday loan companies on campuses across the UK. A ongoing wider debate on the … Continue reading

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Top Ten: Bizarre games exam invigilators play

Ask most students to describe in one word the experience of sitting exams and ‘boring’ would be the response a fair wedge of the time. There’s not much fun to be had sitting in silence for and hour or two … Continue reading

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Should payday loan companies be banned from advertising at all UK universities?

The National Union of Students (NUS) has called on more UK universities to get behind its campaign aimed at protecting students from marketing by payday loan companies. Payday loan adverts are already banned from campus at the University of East … Continue reading

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