Why Learn?

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When I was in Year 7 at school, we had to memorise the dates of all English monarchs’ reigns since 1066.  I remember this (not the names) because even at the time as a wide eyed, un-cynical twelve year old child, it seemed arbitrary and pointless.  Nowadays, when I learn something, it’s because I want [...]

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The working world may appear a hostile place to many young people. As the job market contracts and toughens, employers have expressed concerns over the prospects of younger applicants, many of whom lack essential skills and experience of the work place. In a recent article, Jane Phelps encouraged young job seekers to embrace a [...]

Young People Shout Out

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Feb2012 21
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A recent study by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at Durham University has raised the question of whether ‘shouting out’ in class may help students to learn. The CEM study, where 12,000 students were observed in 556 schools across the UK, found that students who blurted out answers were more likely to achieve [...]

What’s going wrong with IT?

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Jan2012 11
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An article in today’s Guardian declares that Michael Gove has vowed to scrap ‘boring’ IT lessons, enabling schools to use teaching resources designed with the help of leading employers and academics. Having been approached by a school this summer to rewrite their ‘boring’ and ‘dated’ IT programme, this struck a chord. In developing [...]

Growth Needs Learning

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Jan2012 10
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The Centre for Policy Studies launched a new report ‘Growth, growth, growth’ at the end of 2011, to accompany the Chancellor’s autumn statement. Introducing the report, CPS director Tim Knox commented:
“As economic storm clouds loom, the Coalition must do all it can to ensure that we have the right conditions in place for long-term private [...]

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A young British teacher has found a new way to motivate students
Hong Kong Young Post
By Mabel Sieh
Four years ago, after Tom Ravenscroft graduated from Oxford University with a business degree, he decided to take a two-year teacher training course in England. “I wasn’t sure what to do yet and I’d always wanted to try teaching,” [...]

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Teach for America is a fascinating organisation. Founded by fresh graduate Wendy Kopp back in 1990 based on an undergraduate thesis, the not-for-profit now recruits over 10,000 graduates every year to teach in some of the most challenging schools in America.

The simple philosophy: that achieving meaningful improvement in some of the most disadvantaged lives in [...]

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