Category: Numeracy

Something’s got to give!

Something’s got to give!

Needless to say, teaching unions have baulked at the suggestion that the school day or term-time should be lengthened in order for students to catch up on work missed during lockdown. The unions exist to represent the interests of their members and that is their priority. They can’t be criticised for this, but it does…

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Catching up and summer schools

Catching up and summer schools

Two recent news articles by the BBC:  “Covid: Catch-up narrative putting ‘huge pressure’ on children, psychologists say” (22 February 2021 – read the PDF of the article here) and the Telegraph: “We must be as radical in helping schools as we were with vaccines” (22 February 2021) have highlighted the psychological and educational impact the pandemic and lockdown…

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SNP must scotch its disastrous curriculum

SNP must scotch its disastrous curriculum

Scotland’s education system was once envied across the world and countries scrambled to copy it. But now, under the SNP’s rule, it has become a scandal which the rulers north of the border are attempting to cover up. The progressive approach taken by the 2010 ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ is to blame. Trendy methods excited university…

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Children need core education skills

Children need core education skills

The World Economic Forum recently published its vision for the future of education. The innovations of digital technology, virtual learning environments are the advancements in artificial intelligence will impact how we learn and the contexts in which education takes place. We should encourage ‘debating and reflecting’ and encourage learning in ‘non-formal and informal’ settings and time frames. …

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