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The Sacred Gift of Learning

Our friend and Associate colleague Mike Brearley passed away in October this year. This, one of his last pieces, captures his beliefs about the power of education.

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The Spelling Test Reloaded

Many a Thursday night has been spoiled by having to prepare for the Friday morning spelling test beloved of so many primary schools. We asked Associate Mark Creasy for some thoughts on stirring things up a bit...?

Three-minute read

A Pedagogy of Questioning

The better the questioning, the harder the thinking, the deeper the learning. Here are 34 questions for starters to use with - and be used by - your learners from Ian Gilbert.

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Growth Mindset Made Simple

Growth Mindset summed up in four headings and one life-changing mantra by Ian Gilbert. Perfect for busy teachers.

Three-minute read

Make 'Em Laugh; Make 'Em Think

Long-time Associate and '6ft ginger stand-up educationalist' Dave Keeling shares some of his favourite activities to get young people laughing and learning in equal measure.

Five-minute read

But Everyone Else Is Doing It - Children, Cheating and the SATs

The SATS in England are descending into farce but there is also an altogether more disturbing side to them. Written anonymously, for obvious reasons, by a concerned primary school teacher this blog looks at cheating in and by schools.

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The Power Of With

Let Independent Thinking Associate and Restorative Practice expert Mark Finnis explain the wonderful power of 'with'.

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The Secret Weapon

Associate and MFL specialist Crista Hazell on encouraging her students to speak with help from her 'secret weapon'.

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Are Your Lessons Rigorous?

Here are seven great questions from educational rigour ‘guru’ Tony Wagner to check whether your lessons are rigorous or not. And by rigorous he doesn't mean simply effective at ‘prepping for the exam’.

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