Business & Finance


23rd October 2020

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Congratulations, you’ve made it. It’s half term. It’s been a long, hard slog, but the break is now upon us. You’ve earned it, so make the most of it. Celebrate by putting your feet up, read some books, watch some box sets, have a long bath, go for a long walk. But whatever you do, don’t do any work if you can. The autumn term so far has been relentless, but everyone has rallied together – teachers, heads, principals, teaching assistants, school business leaders, lunch supervisors, caretakers, cleaners, CEOs, supply staff, and even a former Ofsted chief inspector has pitched in. There’s not been much thanks or celebration, so it was heartwarming to see a little rejoicing in the form of the long-delayed 2020 Tes FE Awards last Friday. Although virtual, the jubilation…

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and the winners are…

Lifetime achievement Ruth Spellman Apprenticeship programme of the year Skills Training UK Best teaching and learning initiative Grimsby Institute Contribution to the local community Cardiff and Vale College Employer engagement North West Regional College Outstanding GCSE resits provision Birkenhead Sixth Form College Support for learners Cambridge Regional College Outstanding use of technology for improving teaching, learning and assessment Cardiff and Vale College WorldSkills unsung hero Joan Scott (pictured) Professional services team of the year Bedford College Group FE leader of the year Sam Parrett Teacher of the year Helena Good FE college of the year Bedford College Group Training provider of the year The Skills Group Adult and community learning provider of the year Inspire, Nottinghamshire Sixth-form college of the year New College Pontefract Specialist provider of the year Coleg Elidyr Overall FE provider of the year New College Pontefract…

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hip-hop pedagogy: a social justice approach to curriculum

Dr Edmund S Adjapong is a former teacher and now assistant professor at the Department of Educational Studies at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He is also one of the leading theorists behind the HipHopEd movement in the US. He writes: “In the United States, despite the plethora of curricula disseminated across schools, teachers are often met with the responsibility of teaching their unique group of students through a prescribed-one-size-fits-all curriculum. But all students are not one and the same. So, is it possible to create a curriculum that meets the needs of all? “Although curricula for various content areas and modifications exist for struggling subgroups such as students with special educational needs students, the experiences of historically marginalised groups are rarely included or emphasised within the various curricula. This is…

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should you keep your display board?

• If you are a big fan of cognitive load theory, you may have been busy taking down your display boards in case they contribute to extraneous load.• However, there is quite a bit of evidence that suggests display boards can be very useful – starting with the fact that empty rooms tend to make people feel uncomfortable.• There are also benefits in terms of making the classroom environment “familiar” and also in ensuring that children have “ownership” of the space.• There are pastoral reasons to use display boards, too, such as creating a sense of joy and excitement about school life.• The best evidence that looks directly at display boards suggests that moderation, not eradication, may be the optimal way forward.…

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how to deal with a space invader

“If a teacher refuses to stop invading your space, then make that space as difficult to find as possible” After six months of seeing it measured out in public spaces, we should all be pretty good judges of two metres. But a surprising number of people still seem to be struggling. At one extreme, you have those who launch themselves into the nearest bush at first sight of another human. Then there are those who insist upon having every chat two inches from your face. Other than being alarming, the former is not a problem. The latter, though – that definitely needs tackling. Some people have a genuine reason for a lack of spatial awareness. Those who are dyspraxic or autistic, for example, can experience difficulty in recognising other people’s need for distance…

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why we must still connect when we’re forced apart

Children and young people today sit in socially distanced spaces with demarcated lines that cannot be crossed, preventing them from engaging, one on one, with their teacher. Such measures may protect young people and the adults who support them in school, but how do we address the growing (and damaging) “connectedness gap” that this entails? There is good evidence to attest that the school environment (best described as the school’s learning community, including families) is the driver of successful emotional and academic outcomes for young people. Social distancing puts this at risk, and so we need specific, whole-school approaches to rebuild school relationships and their connection with “place” – to reconnect young people with their teachers and to each other. This is where the concept of “school connectedness” can help. Put simply,…