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On TAs, mindsets and elephants.

On TAs, mindsets and elephants.

With school budgets getting tighter and expectations rising, school leaders have to be creative at the best of times. But often an answer might be right under their nose, like an elephant in the room. Power to TEAM TA. #TEAMTA

On TAs, mindsets and elephants.

On TAs, mindsets and elephants.

With school budgets getting tighter and expectations rising, school leaders have to be creative at the best of times. But often an answer might be right under their nose, like an elephant in the room. Power to TEAM TA. #TEAMTA

Education – the Battle of David vs Goliath

Education – the Battle of David vs Goliath

A few thoughts after a couple of days at conference with the most inspiring speakers, all teachers like Sir Ken Robinson, Prof. Sugata Mitra and the son of a Sally Army Saint. All Davids.

To Test or Not to Test, That’s the Question

To Test or Not to Test, That’s the Question

KS2 Reading Success

KS2 Reading Success

See ReadingWise English in action and find out what learners think of it, how it works for TAs and why this head is in.

UK literacy figures ‘fixed’ by OECD report

UK literacy figures ‘fixed’ by OECD report

Exclusive: secret papers released show that foreign competitors conspired to taint UK’s reputation by fixing figures to put us at 22 out of 26 countires

Are YOU concerned about education? Because they are. So, tell THEM.

Are YOU concerned about education? Because they are. So, tell THEM.

First look at two milestone publications from two of the world's leading educationalists, Sir Ken Robinson and Professor Guy Claxton. And they seem to be almost angry men. We give THEM and you the chance to tell OUR politicians what YOU think.

"Keep children away from iPads” says UK Education Tsar. Or did he?

A flurry of social media activity kicked off this new school year week after a few headlines in the Sunday papers: ‘Take tablets from schools, says tsar’ – screamed the Sunday Times. But did he? Should he have?

Reading: The Next Steps

Reading: The Next Steps

Independent summary of the government’s March 5th 2015 published plans for further raising standards of reading in schools.

The ReadingWise Story - Jump-Starting Reading

The ReadingWise Story - Jump-Starting Reading

This post, and the accompanying video, outline some of the key features of the UK literacy landscape today, and outline the work we are doing to support positive change.

Feeding back - a ReadingWise feature

Feeding back - a ReadingWise feature

This feature makes it easy and efficient to give us feedback - from hugs to bugs

Dashboard - a ReadingWise feature

Dashboard - a ReadingWise feature

The Dashboard allows you to gain insight quickly into your learners and the progress they are making.

On the Science of Happiness and Learning Part III: Mother of All Learning

On the Science of Happiness and Learning Part III: Mother of All Learning

The final part of our series of blogs looking at happiness and learning in the classroom.

On the Science of Happiness and Learning Part II: An Apology for Confusion

On the Science of Happiness and Learning Part II: An Apology for Confusion

Part two of our three-part look at happiness in the classroom.

On the Science of Happiness and Learning Part I: Pleasure Principles

On the Science of Happiness and Learning Part I: Pleasure Principles

The first in a three-part series looking at happiness and learning in the classroom

Forget reading, let’s teach our children to enjoy chocolate this half term

Forget reading, let’s teach our children to enjoy chocolate this half term

Observations and a short film of a gathering of politicians, Lords and a Baroness in Whitehall to discuss literacy and library provision policy. Some very interesting perspectives on how we teach our children to read.

6,000 copies of Literate Times given away at BETT 2015

6,000 copies of Literate Times given away at BETT 2015

Welcome to The Literate Times January 2015 edition, which brings together news and views from the world of literacy

Pupil Premium Pragmatics - part 1 and 2

Pupil Premium Pragmatics - part 1 and 2

Exploring the Pupil Premium Grant

Let it Flow: Time, Practice and For the Love of It

Let it Flow: Time, Practice and For the Love of It

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has pioneered the exploration of flow, a state where instrinsic motivation supports rich learning. In this article we explore his ideas.

Evidence in Education: A Case for Bottom-up Research

Evidence in Education: A Case for Bottom-up Research

Should teachers play a more integral role in defining research in education? Ben Goldacre thinks so.

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