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Blog: What can we learn from good and bad school leaders?

mahatma-gandhi-3.jpegPut your hand up if you have ever moaned about a school leader... Thought so.  Standing at the bottom of the hierarchy looking upwards, it’s very easy to point fingers, it’s very easy to point fingers and blame leaders for doing a poor job. Constant monitoring, OFSTED obsession, low staff morale and pointless paperwork take their toll on the best of us, making the odd management moan inevitable. 

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Inside Classrooms: Canada

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Along with Finland and Shanghai, Canada is a top performing education system that is also relatively equitable. So what are its teachers doing? 

Lucy is a teacher on an educational mission to give some insights on education in top performing systems from a teacher's perspective.  This series of blogs for edapt presents some of her findings as 'A day in the life of a teacher'

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Blog: Wrecking innocence?

MC_PNGThe students at my school, very kindly, think I look like Taylor Swift. I don't. I've googled her and explained exactly why I don't but to no avail. Trying to win a debate with a teenager using logic and reason is an impossible task. I found out last week that the rumour mill has been hard at work and now I not only look like her but apparently supplement my teaching income as a Taylor Swift tribute act...

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Ofsted: don’t lose any sleep over it

ofsted_outstandingThe school had been languishing in stage 7 of the Ofsted preparation cycle for a while. SLT were trying to keep everyone on their toes and we were doing our best to maintain standards and to retain the will to live. And then, on a sunny Tuesday afternoon in October, we were all finally put out of our misery. We got the call. 

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Guidance during strike action

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A period of industrial action is difficult  for all teachers whether they have chosen to take part or not.  Edapt has published guidance for all teachers, including for those teachers who will not be taking part in the strike action, on what procedures they need to follow during industrial action.

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Inside Classrooms: Finland

lucy_crehanFinland is frequently touted as the "best education system in the world", but what is it really like to be a teacher in their education system?  Is it really that different?

Lucy is a teacher on an educational mission to give some insights on education in top performing systems from a teacher's perspective.  This series of blogs for edapt presents some of her findings as 'A day in the life of a teacher'

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Blog: The Seven Stages of OFSTED Preparation

ofsted_logoSchools and teachers have a habit of getting rather panicky when an OFSTED inspection is on the horizon. Staffrooms are abuzz with speculation about when they will come next, the bosses start getting even more obsessed with data and monitoring, and pupils spend hours memorising their target grades and repeating...

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Blog: Sugar free schools?

heart_nobgAs children, we battled with my mum over certain “brain foods” she deemed vital. Fish was my nemesis, forcing me to think creatively and come up with various strategies that allowed me to get the nasty stuff down with minimal chewing or tasting. My younger brother was even worse than me and practically cried every time we were served vegetables. We still joke about the day he sobbed, choked down part of a roasted pepper and then emptied his stomach onto his plate. 

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ResearchED 2013

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Standing in the staffroom, clutching cups of coffee and chatting over toast is a rare but precious past time in the average school.  When we aren’t frantically running around juggling the fifteen million little jobs that often need doing at break time, we may enjoy a brief chat with fellow exhausted colleagues. During such times, it’s really easy to slip into...

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Blog: The honour of teaching in Singapore

img_08851.jpgHaving recently moved to Singapore, one of the gems in the global education crown, I’ve been immersed in a system so often cited by policymakers around the world as one that others can learn from and since I've been teaching in the state sector for the past 7 years in London, I was intrigued to see how the different systems compare.

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It's our birthday!

chocolate-birth-day-cake.jpgEdapt is one year old today!  As a gift, for today only, a new subscription to edapt is £10 for the WHOLE YEAR for all teachers and teaching assistants.

Over the past year we've grown to have subscribers all over England and Wales and we've provided support to many of those teachers, sometimes in cases where they were told their union couldn't help.

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Misconceptions of a new teacher: You can always rely on ‘science’ to tell you how to teach

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As the new school year approaches and over 30,000 new teachers begin their career in the classroom, Teach First participant Katie Ashford gives us the final part in her three part series.  

The last two posts in this series have talked about some of the challenges new teachers face in their first term in the classroom. If we aren’t careful, we can end up spend grueling hours planning, fearing lessons with...

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Misconceptions of a new teacher - Inspiring kids is easy

teach_lead_inspireAs the new school year approaches and over 30,000 new teachers begin their career in the classroom, Teach First participant Katie Ashford gives us the second part in her three part series.  

At the end of summer institute, the prospect of entering the classroom was pretty frightening. However, I tried to put this to the back of my mind and...

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Misconceptions of a new teacher - Staying up until midnight makes you a better teacher

tired_teacherAs the new school year approaches and over 30,000 new teachers begin their career in the classroom, Katie Ashford gives us the first part in her three part series.

Every teacher knows that things will never be as bad as they were during the first term of the first year. Gosh, you couldn’t pay me enough...

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Sky News: Thinking aloud

skyAs students across the country receive their A - Level and GCSE results.  Edapt founder, John Roberts, discusses current education issues including the over politicisation of education decision making, with Sir Dan Moynihan, CEO of Harris Federation and Kyle Kinsella of Twickenham Academy on Sky News.

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Blog: What did I learn on Teach First?

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Teach First: the teacher training equivalent of a bungee jump; an exhilarating, frightening, all-or-nothing experience that is not for the faint hearted. The six week training period, known as ‘Summer Institute’ is like standing on the edge of a great precipice, fear and trepidation consuming your every nerve and sinew. As you look out across the cavernous maw before you, you stare blindly ahead...

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Blog: It should not be harder to work at McDonald's than become a teacher

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To be a McDonald’s floor manager you have to pass 3 exams; to be a teacher, if trends continue, you won’t have to pass anything.  How Michael Gove has looked at the problems of our education system and came to the conclusion: “You know what would solve this? Less training among teachers” is entirely beyond me. A far more sensible approach would be...

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Industrial action advice from our legal team

In preparation for the industrial action in the North West on Thursday 27th June, our legal team have prepared some short guidance videos for teachers.

If colleagues are striking, what am I legally expected to do?

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Industrial action - NW June 27th

Guidance for teachers during industrial action

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In preparation for the series of joint industrial action from the teacher unions NUT and NASUWT starting in the North West on June 27th, Edapt has published guidance for all teachers, including for those teachers who will not be taking part in the strike action, on what procedures they need to follow during industrial action.

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Blog: Food for thought

heart_nobgThere is a great deal of discussion amongst those in the teaching profession or who work in connection to education about “the barriers”. The barriers faced by students in gaining a decent education; the barriers that stall successful teaching practice; the barriers inhibiting what should be a fairly straightforward process...

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Blog: Is rote learning a bad thing?

learnAs we all know, being a teacher is tricky. There are so many plates to keep spinning every lesson that sometimes, when we aren’t looking, they come crashing down around us. Is my learning objective clear and measurable? Are the students behaving? Do they understand my explanations? Can they access the work? How should I deploy my TA? Am I challenging them enough? Like I say: tricky.

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Blog: Why Education Reform Needs Some Rules

Laura McInerney thumbWith the recent announcement of the proposed Royal College of Teaching we asked Laura McInerney for her views on the rules of education reform.

Last night I had a dream about a faceless nameless education secretary. In the dream I invited him to watch a play I was directing. The play was three hours long, but I assured him that despite length it was spectacular enough to be life-changing...

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