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Blog: TAs worth their weight in gold

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The best TA I have ever had is hard to decide as I am lucky to say I’m spoilt for choice.  I had one who brought me a Starbucks most mornings and completely blitzed my cupboard, removing dead mice and all... Our anonymous primary teacher blogger shares what she's learnt about working with teaching assistants.

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Blog: How should teachers influence education policy?

Work-to-rule industrial action has received mixed responses. Some think it does teachers no favours, others that it has never been more necessary. With only 40% of teachers in recent research saying that industrial action was important to them, is there an alternative way of channelling this passion to influence policy?

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Blog: How should teachers influence education policy? The power of the anecdote

The paper “Instinct or Reason: How education policy is made and how we might make it better”, reveals four ways in which teachers could influence policy. This blog discusses the fourth - through the power of anecdotes.

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Blog: How should teachers influence education policy? As expert witnesses

The paper “Instinct or Reason: How education policy is made and how we might make it better”, reveals four ways in which teachers could influence policy. This blog discusses the third - through Education Select Committees.

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Blog: How should teachers influence education policy? Through consultations

The paper “Instinct or Reason: How education policy is made and how we might make it better”, reveals four ways in which teachers could influence policy. This blog discusses the second - through consultations.

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Blog: How should teachers influence education policy? As policymakers

The paper “Instinct or Reason: How education policy is made and how we might make it better”, reveals four ways in which teachers could influence policy. This blog discusses the first - teachers as policy-makers.

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An interview with: Adam Nichols, Non-Executive Director

Adam NicholsAn interview with Adam Nichols, non-executive director of edapt. What does his role involve and what's his approach to teachers?

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Blog: Two stars and a wish

Primary thumbIt’s already week 3 and it’s as if the summer never happened.  The children are beginning to get to grips with the way we work and the expectations we have, and we even managed a whole PE lesson on Friday afternoon!  Some of the less confident children are starting to relax and share their ideas and some of the more confident ones are testing the boundaries... Our anonymous primary teacher blogger describes the teacher guilt complex, and shares some tips for efficient marking.

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Update: Policy round-up September 2012

PolicySeptember has seen a cabinet reshuffle, an Education Select Committee investigation into GCSE results, the launch of a consultation into GCSE reforms, an Ofsted report on the way schools have been using the Pupil Premium and the Liberal Democrat Party Conference.

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edapt: Union action short of strike action starts today

With joint NUT/NASUWT action-short-of-strike-action starting September 26, 2012, our observation is that this could potentially cause confusion amongst new teachers expecting to observe or be observed in lessons, and may throw a wet blanket over their enthusiasm as newly-engaged trainee teachers.

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Blog: No honeymoon period...

"There has been no honeymoon period with my new class and I have had to use a multitude of behaviour management strategies. I know it is hard at the beginning of every new year, but I am fairly sure my last class were not like this at the beginning..." Our anonymous primary teacher blogger describes how the start of term has been for her, and gives some useful recommendations for reward systems.

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Blog: A personal statement on personal statements

Gopal Rao thumb4000 characters. That’s all they have for their personal statements. How do you get across everything in that space? How do you know what to put in and what not to? They know it’s boring reading “I” at the start of each sentence, so they use weird twisted sentence structures, confusing subordinate clauses and off-puttingly, the passive voice; and semicolons everywhere.

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Response to TES article: edapt like the AA?

Surveyedapt was featured last week in Stephen Exley’s TES report: Ballot box to boycott – and action could ‘intensify’. The report raised interesting comments and a welcome comparison with the AA. We relate this to the findings from the LKMCo study, which surveyed over 380 teachers.

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Infographic: The Landscape of Teacher Support

InfographiciconAn infographic illustrating key statistics relating to teacher support needs - including the outcome of allegation investigations involving teachers, the number of disciplinary cases involving teachers, and the average number of sick days taken by teachers.

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Blog: Should there be greater specialisation in the teaching profession?

“The idea that the solutions lie outside the profession is a fallacy.” Ben Levin

Last week's 'Chalk and Talk' seminar raised questions about comparisons with the medical profession when using evidence in education. Professor Chris Husbands, Director of the IoE, responds.

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Blog: "Would you rather be a chicken or a pig?"

Primary thumbThe first week of a new term: classroom displays, philosophy-based INSET, new classroom rules and new ways to break them. Our anonymous primary teacher blogger describes how the term has started for her and gives some useful recommendations for activities and resources.

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Report: What do teachers think of their unions?

Reports

A new report released by LKMCo explores what teachers think of their unions, and defines three different categories of approach – the collectivists, the functionalist and the critics. The report is the result of a consultation, funded by edapt, with over 350 teachers, through surveys and interviews between January and June 2012. The authors of the forward to the report, explain that they:

“see this report as an opportunity to bypass political distortion of what teachers do and do not think about unions and to actually ask them what they think.”

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Infographic: What do teachers think of their unions?

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A new report released by LKMCo explores what teachers think of their unions. The report is the result of a consultation, funded by edapt, with over 350 teachers, through surveys and interviews between January and June 2012. Some of the key findings are outlined in this infographic.

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Update: Policy changes for the new academic year

Policy

A new academic year is bringing a wide range of policy changes affecting the teaching profession. So what might you experience as a result?

 

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Blog: New school year

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Hair cut. Shirts washed and ironed. Summer gone (where?!). Alarm app on phone rediscovered. Of course, this isn’t just me. It’s teachers and students across the country readying themselves, bright eyed and bushy tailed, for another academic year. This year, I will have even more of a student-eye view...

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Update: Lesson Observations

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The Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012 come into effect in September 2012, removing the three hour limit on lesson observations. Governing bodies and local authorities will be free to decide if they would like to alter their policy on observations as part of the appraisal process.

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Update: Teachers’ Pay Review

Pay review

“It is a scandal in this country to-day that one education authority can pay a teacher, teaching the same number of scholars as another teacher, such a tremendous amount less than that which is paid by another education authority.”

Captain Albert Smith, House of Commons, 1918

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Blog: Olympic Gold Medals

Ali Wood

As a head of year, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is the first assembly with my year group. It’s the chance to set the tone for the year and to inspire them to achieve their best. I’m so grateful this year however to have a set of meaningful role models who embody values I want my students to adopt.

Thank you Seb Coe and pals, you’ve given me assembly number one.

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Blog: Educational Triage

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Many teachers will have first hand experience of educational triage. School leaders under pressure, like doctors in an emergency situation, prioritise by giving the available resources and time to those who with this help can ‘make it’, to the detriment of those who will ‘be fine’ anyway, and those who ‘have no hope’.

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An interview with: Jonathan Holden

Discussions

An interview with Jonathan Holden, Employment Lawyer from edapt's legal partner Forbes Solicitors. Why did he become an employment lawyer, and what's it like representing teachers?

 

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