The Chartered College Of Teaching and conflicts of interest | teachingbattleground

I had thought a conflict of interest was a well known concept. I googled it and Wikipedia said pretty much what I already thought: A conflict of interest (COI) is a situation in which a person or organization is involved in multiple interests, financial or otherwise, and serving one interest could involve working against another. Typically, this relates to situations in which the personal … Continue reading “The Chartered College Of Teaching and conflicts of interest”

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Permanent exclusions are necessary | teachingbattleground

Back in May, I wrote a post, If we are not careful, history will repeat itself on exclusions, arguing that complaints about a rise in permanent exclusions were something we had seen before, and were misguided. I made the following points: Exclusion is a last resort. No school casually uses permanent exclusions. Nobody who doesn’t work in a school […]

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The Chartered College of Teaching – A broken promise to teachers | teachingbattleground

Over the last few years I have been following the development of the Chartered College of Teaching, the successor organisation to the late, unlamented General Teaching Council of England, which was abolished by Michael Gove. It was repeatedly promised by the politicians and organisers that it would a teacher led organisation, “run by teacher for … Continue reading “The Chartered College of Teaching – A broken promise to teachers”

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Exclusions are necessary | teachingbattleground

Back in May, I wrote a post, If we are not careful, history will repeat itself on exclusions, arguing that complaints about a rise in exclusions were something we had seen before, and were misguided. I made the following points: Exclusion is a last resort. No school casually uses permanent exclusions. Nobody who doesn’t work in a school needs … Continue reading “Exclusions are necessary”

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The EEF revisits ability grouping | teachingbattleground

Earlier this year I wrote a couple of posts about the Education Endowment Foundation’s summary of the research on ability grouping.
Why is the EEF getting it so wrong about ability grouping?
The EEF were even more wrong about ability grouping than I realised

In a summary of the meta-analyses, they had claimed an average effect size of -0.09 for setting/streaming, which was at odds with Hattie’s claim of a positive effect size of 0.12 for ability grouping and a more recent analysis (Steenbergen-Hu et al, 2016) finding a positive effect size between 0.04 and 0.06.

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The EEF revisits ability grouping | teachingbattleground

Earlier this year I wrote a couple of posts about the Education Endowment Foundation’s summary of the research on ability grouping.
Why is the EEF getting it so wrong about ability grouping?
The EEF were even more wrong about ability grouping than I realised

In a summary of the meta-analyses, they had claimed an average effect size of -0.09 for setting/streaming, which was at odds with Hattie’s claim of a positive effect size of 0.12 for ability grouping and a more recent analysis (Steenbergen-Hu et al, 2016) finding a positive effect size between 0.04 and 0.06.

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#babygate | teachingbattleground

Every so often progressive edutwitter goes insane about something. Usually it is something that is obviously true.

The last time it happened was over this post. In it, I argued that children should be held responsible for their behaviour and pointed out they were “not insane”. Progressives deduced that if I thought we should hold children responsible for their behaviour because they were not insane, then I must be saying that children who are not responsible for their behaviour are insane. For some progressives, this is almost all children, particularly if they have SEN or are badly behaved…

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