Our 4000 Weeks; the Fragility of Life

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It’s been a rollercoaster of couple of months in which the fragile nature of life has been brought to the fore. Listening to Andy Cope (@beingbrilliant) at the beginning of September, his thought provoking “from the moment we are born we have on aver..

Confusion about pay scales

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A cynic might think that it suits the government to create confusion about pay increases, but whatever your view, it’s clear that this year’s changes have been complex. After years of fairly simple – if small – changes to pay, the soundbites surround..

Accountability, Ofsted and all that

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Reading time: 3 minutes. Relevant programme: SSAT’s peer review programme
Colin Logan, SSAT senior education lead, explores the implications of the NAHT commission report on how the school accountability framework can be strengthened and improved
T..

Why do some children struggle with reading?

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Janet and bloody John! When I was about 7, my primary school teacher told my parents that I would probably never learn to read. Apparently, the suspicion was that I might be mentally subnormal. My mother wasn't having any of that. Although she h..

MSPs call for ‘halt’ to primary tests

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MSPs have defeated the Scottish government in a vote calling on ministers to “halt” national assessments for P1 pupils.
The assessments were introduced across Scotland last year, but some teachers and parents have criticised them.
Ministers insist th..

Northern Ireland Advisory Group Vacancies

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We’re currently recruiting for a new NI Advisory Group.

The advisory group will seek to represent the needs of children and young people within the early years and primary phases who have special and/or additional educational needs, by providing e..

Ministers face defeat over primary tests

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The Scottish government is facing defeat over national assessments for P1 pupils, with opposition parties uniting to demand they be scrapped.
The assessments were introduced across Scotland last year, but some teachers and parents have criticised the..