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Greatest Britons

Its that time of year again- St George’s Day to be precise. In its attempt to lift the hearts of the nation after the budget the Sun newspaper has produced a full colour Sgt.Pepper’s album cover parade of those people it feels need saluting. As you might expect there are some sublimely ludicrous inclusions and [...]

Assessment for Learning: has the Black Box been lost in translation?

In an interesting article in the Education Guardian yesterday, Phil Beadle raised concerns about the centrality of assessment for Learning in school life. Did it lead to souped up teaching or was it in danger of becoming some sort of opaque gruel? His fear is that Inside the Black Box has now reached its tenth [...]

GCSE history: should exam boards train teachers?

In a thoughtful Guardian article yesterday morning, Warwick Mansell raised the unspoken question: should the people who set history exams profit from it by training teachers how to pass them?

The question needs to be taken seriously. Undercover recordings for Radio 5 Live have lifted the lid on examiners charging teachers over £200 a day to [...]