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How to design a primary school where learning has no limits

The new University of Cambridge Primary School combines cutting-edge design with educational theory. <b>Lucy Ward</b> pays a visit to the school to find out more about this ambitious project<p>It’s an icy early spring day in Cambridge and a bitter wind is whipping across the Fens. It passes through the …

5 Questionable Uses of Letter Grades

Grades play a significant role in many learning organizations today, but there are instances where they go awry. Here are five such instances, what I …

The power of believing that you can improve

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes …

Teenage dropouts cost £800 million a year

The 'bums-on-seats' approach means students are not getting the support they need to stay in education, councils warn<p>Teenagers who drop out of school or fail to get good enough grades are costing the taxpayer £800 million a year, according to a new report.<p>In a stark warning to central government, …

Technology in schools: Future changes in classrooms

<b>Technology has the power to transform how people learn - but walk into some classrooms and you could be forgiven for thinking you were entering a time warp.</b><p>There will probably be a whiteboard instead of the traditional blackboard, and the children may be using laptops or tablets, but plenty of …

Education Technology

If we want better students, end the 19th-century ‘grading game’

<i>Elyse Watkins of Toronto is currently an International Education Policy master's student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education</i><p>Since elementary school, I knew that grades mattered – a lot. I was a keen student who spent most of my schooling chasing after the highest marks and beating myself up …

Using Assessment To Elevate Learning

Imagine you are the coach of your daughter’s soccer team. Assessment would be important to you. You would hope that each of your players would have a …

For Success at School, Personality May Beat Brains

When it comes to success in school, being smart isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Personality may have a lot more to do with academic success than …

Which creature makes Sir David Attenborough’s jaw drop? It’s not what you’d expect

Octopus, ravens and weedy seadragons all fascinate Sir David Attenborough but none of them makes his 'jaw sag' like one creature does<p>He has visited all seven continents in the search of elusive and intriguing animals over the course of his 60 year television career.<p>But when asked what he thought …

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