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  • How To Grow A School – MEA Central

    Once again, this year I had the “pleasure” of attending both the Labour & Conservative party conferences. If you’ve never been to these, think… ResearchED but with really expensive tickets,…

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  • The Wonder of Willingham…

    No, not THAT Willingham, for once – but Willingham Primary School in Cambridgeshire! We’ve been lucky enough to benefit before from the lessons they’ve learned in recent times – with…

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  • Lift-off in Lincolnshire

    I’m not a fan of early mornings, so it takes quite a lot to get me up really early. However, yesterday was one of those days where I was on…

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  • #StopSchoolShaming

    I’ve written before about the shameful phenomenon of school shaming. Some claim that it isn’t possible to shame a school, because it is a just a building or an institution,…

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  • It’s not just Michaela, it’s a movement…

    There was much (justified) excitement and debate around Michaela Community School’s first set of GCSEs. Given the challenges they’ve faced, to do so well is marvellous. We now have another…

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  • Assessment at Cottenham Primary School

    [This blog builds on previous ones about Cottenham Primary School – in particular this one about their curriculum journey. We’re very grateful to James Kilsby for taking to time to…

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  • Trip Report: Leeds City Academy

    For reasons I’ve not yet figured out, Yorkshire is a bit of a PTE hotspot, with loads of people and schools from across the whole region tapped into to what…

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  • Parents and Teachers for Excellence
    The transformative effect of weekly knowledge tests

    Colin McKenzie is a science teacher who is starting a tutoring agency in Lancashire Prof Tom Burkard is the principal author of the Sound Foundation decoding and spelling programmes and…

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  • The “Phone-Free School” Campaign – An Open Letter

    (If you are a school leader & wish to add your name to this letter, please get in touch with us.) “Mobile phones have changed day-to-day life for almost everyone…

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