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Homework: A La Carte or Fixed Menu? #SaturdayThunk

“Homework for infants should be done entirely at their parents’ discretion” wrote Justine Roberts the founder of Mumsnet in a TES article this week.  Primary schools are great at setting homework that engages parents or on occasion is actually done by the over eager or guilt ridden parent.  Hit secondary school and the mixed fayre continues between the profoundly challenging and the profound waste of time, for both pupils and teachers, homework. Continue reading

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Do You Wanna Be In My Gang? #SaturdayThunk

The next three or four years is going to see increasing numbers of schools join or establish Multi-Academy Trusts.  Some schools will decide to jump before they are pushed and others will simply be pushed.  Over the last few months a number of people have contacted me to discuss the MAT that we formed about eighteen months ago. Continue reading

College of Teaching: Hit or Miss? #SaturdayThunk

The College of Teaching is at an early phase of development; finding a unique role and attracting enough members who are committed to the College may take time, possibly even a decade.  Let’s hope it lasts that long.  Continue reading

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