Is Summer here? | stevebowler

It does seem strange that we have already started the final term of the year. It does seem like we have been hardly away. Things have got up to speed very quickly and we are already working at 100mph. We have for the first time sent out the school newsletter in e form only. This could be via the website or the App. This gives lots of school info and all the important dates for the Summer term. Believe me there are quite a lot! I can’t believe we are into May next week. we are busy looking at different quotes from suppliers to renovate some of our classrooms and to update our ICT Suite. Summer…

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Type 1 and Type 2 Fun | NWMaths

Railing against ‘fun’ has been done.

The case for the prosecution has been made in many cases including here, here and here. Here are a few of the salient points:
Students are likely to remember the ‘fun’ activity rather than the learning itself;
‘Fun’ lessons are a way of trying to ‘trick’ students into enjoying the learning, rather than encouraging students to appreciate and value learning for its own sake.
Student engagement is a poor proxy for student learning;
David Didau quotes John Hattie in saying that the hard work of learning “is not always pleasurable and easy; it requires…

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Review Axcis with Google Local today! | Emily Marbaix

At Axcis we, regularly receive lovely feedback about the hard work being done by our teams to find teachers and support staff jobs across the country. But we also know that self-published reviews don’t carry the same weight as those which have been independently published. That’s why we are inviting you to review Axcis using Google Local – find out more here! 
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At Axcis, our friendly consultants are always just a phone call away if you’re seeking SEND teaching or support work.

If you have been working with Axcis, and would like to leave a review of our service, you can…

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Loneliness and social capital in later life | thelearningprofessor

Loneliness poses an enormous challenge to those experiencing it, and in our society it seems particularly prevalent among older adults. It is easy to understand why this might be so: on the one hand death and physical decline rob us of our friends, and on the other our society has become more individualised and fluid so that making new friends is harder. The question then is what should be done.

This issue came up clearly at a conference I am currently attending on Transitions in the Life Course. It was organised by an impressive new doctoral school called Doing Transitions at the…

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Teaching & Learning Strategies part 21 | Jimmyedwards1984

I hope you are looking forward to the bank holiday weekend. This weeks Teaching and Learning strategy is about splitting the class in two and promoting independent learning. Let me know what you think. Remember if you have any strategies that you would like to share please get in contact as I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

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Why is further education always ignored by successive governments? | Sharon Pearson

Further education, the all-important part of our education system, is often forgotten or ignored in favour of higher education. After secondary school education, some students are unable to pursue higher education due to lack of finances or time and opt for further education. In as much as it is important since it is job-oriented and teaches technical skills, students pursuing further education may feel left out.

Further education offers numeracy and literacy skills that may be the basis of a person’s re-entry into education; it may teach technical and vocational skills useful in the job…

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