18
MAY
2014

Baseline testing

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I replied to a post on the Computing at Schools forums last week about baseline testing for the new Computing national curriculum. We have  been looking into this with colleagues at NAACE and Mirnadanet so it was good timing. As a result over 50 schools have asked to be...
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26
APR
2014

Rescuing Technical Education – The Sequel

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The issue of higher education Old Andrew seems to be very pessimistic about the prospects of technical education, particularly owing to the demise of the Polytechnics. But did the Polys really disappear? It seems to me they were simply rebranded as second string universities....
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21
APR
2014

Is dyslexia a useful label?

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I'm defining dyslexia here as a disproportionate difficulty with reading and I'm not trying to define it any more sharply than that. Reading is fundamental to any academic study and so it is important, so important that it is culturally associated with being educated,...
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11
APR
2014

Rescuing technical education

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    This blog was initiated by Andrew Old's Tweet "There is no lever available to government that will rescue technical education within a generation. Can't resurrect the polytechnics." On one level I agree with him in that change in improving...
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08
APR
2014

Progressive, traditional or just experienced?

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Progressive, traditional or just experienced? I have been a teacher for 36 years. I mostly teach adults these days but I still get into school classrooms to lend a hand from time to time. From the point of view of a pratical person, one of the striking things about all the...
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07
APR
2014

Why its best to avoid the DfE

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Who will take the initiative if not government? In the discussions about the removal of levels there have been demands that someone (presumably the government) should do something to replace them. There is a good reason why this should not happen. Firstly, the unworkably complex...
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01
APR
2014

NAACE/TLM Open Systems Computing

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I heard to-day from the DfE that the NAACE/TLM Diploma in Open Systems Computing at Level 3 has been accepted for performance points in the 16-19 performance tables for 2016. This is the only Tech Level 3 qualification in Computing and it is underpinned by NAACE/TLM Level 1 and...
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01
APR
2014

Anti-knowledge conspiracy?

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Why is it taking so long to become scientific in education research? Firstly, unlike medicine there is far less consensus about the “what” never mind the “how”. If I have symptoms of type 1 diabetes, it is a very specific condition with very specific...
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29
MAR
2014

Some thoughts on reality.

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On the face of it reality is obvious. Water flows down hill, kick the dog and it barks,  the sun will still be shining tomorrow.  But even reality in the physical sense is not so absolute when we delve more deeply into it. Is an electron a particle or a wave? Well it depends on...
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27
MAR
2014

Harry’s Education Research Blog without the “tone”

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Project Follow Through is a significant piece of empirical research. Equally motivated teams competed to try to improve the basic skills of disadvantaged children. Engelmann’s Direct Instruction came out as the most effective of a range of methods, each subject to controlled...
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