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15 Science Experiments You Can Do With Your Kids

Time to get messy, light some stuff on fire, and use food products in ways they were never intended! Parents and teachers across the internet have …

Teacher training: we need more balance between School Direct and PGCE

The latest teacher training allocations are a significant concern to university schools of education, many of which were forced to turn down well-qualified graduates last summer.<p>The shift from university-led to school-based teacher education continues for 2014-15, an analysis of the allocations by …

Top resources for Primary School Numeracy

Finding quality educational resources for children can be time consuming. The purpose of this blog post is to share our recommendations of great …

Primary Ideas

Augmented Reality with Motion Stills<p>This week, I've found the Motion Stills app by Google.<p>It does three things:<p>- AR Mode<p>- Motion Still<p>- …

FREE DVDs and Teacher Guides from Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance has an entire series of DVDs and teacher guides that are FREE to educators. Teaching Tolerance is a wonderful organization that …

Top resources for Primary School PSHE

PSHE – what’s that, I hear you ask. Well, personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education has been part of the National Curriculum for schools …

4 Pics 1 Word in Your Classroom

On Saturday, I was sat near a child on a train who was playing 4 Pics 1 Word on his father's phone. Then, when I returned home, my other half was …

Primary school children on the food they like to eat

The number of obese and overweight children in the final year of primary school in England has fallen for the first time in six years.<p>A third (33.3%) of pupils aged 10-11 measured in 2012-13 were obese or overweight, compared with 33.9% the previous year.<p>Children from one primary school talk about …

Session 143: Is guided reading fit for purpose?

Testing young children will cause untold damage

Nick Clegg's plan to introduce tests for five-year-olds (Nick Clegg denies schools will be 'exam sausage factories', 17 July) may be well intentioned but is misguided on two counts: five is too late and tests are too blunt an instrument.<p>The gap in cognitive development between children from …

The behaviour management balance: authority, systems and support

In my experience, there are three main ingredients to securing excellent behaviour across a school: teachers' capacity to assert their authority in the classroom, building relationships with their students; the school systems and the extent to which they support teachers to improve behaviour; the …

Ed Miliband: Labour will give parents power to oust headteachers

Parents are to be given a new power to call in a specialist team to boost the performance of failing schools or teachers, under a set of wide-ranging public service reform plans to be laid out on Monday by the Labour leader, Ed Miliband.<p>The improvement team, working separately from Ofsted, will …

Why is Ofsted lashing out against primary schools?

Until May this year, King's Stanley primary school in Gloucestershire proudly displayed its Ofsted "outstanding" rating. It had come in 2009, one year after the school's founding, when inspectors raved about a school that was "truly a hub of the community", where pupils arrived each morning "with …

Eight priorities to improve primary education

<i>Back in 2004, a group of education practitioners and researchers from across the UK came together to examine the state of primary education in England.</i><p><i>In 2006 the Cambridge Primary Review (CPR) was officially launched and, after three years collecting evidence from research, interviews, focus</i> …

10 things teachers need to know about Ofsted's annual report

The country's "two nation education system" was the focus of Sir Michael Wilshaw's speech on Ofsted's annual report.<p>The chief inspector said Ofsted's findings told the tale of a nation divided into lucky and unlucky children: "The lucky poor child is born in the right postcode, goes to the right …

Able readers damaged by phonics, academic says

<b>The interests of able readers are being threatened by an insistence primary school pupils are taught to read using phonics, an academic has said.</b><p>The Department for Education wants English schools to use the reading system, which requires children to blend common sounds into words.<p>But Durham …

School improvement held back by the 'academy solution'

Inspectors working for Ofsted have raised concerns that the forced academisation process is holding back the improvement of primary schools by distracting headteachers and governing bodies. In two monitoring reports written recently, the judgment has been that headteachers have been swept up in …