Lesley Dolben

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UK 'second best education in Europe'

<b>The UK is in second place among European countries and sixth overall in a global education league table.</b><p>South Korea is top, with three other Asian countries and Finland making up the top five, in rankings from education and publishing firm, Pearson.<p>The rankings include higher education as well as …

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Liberal Democrat manifesto: summary of key policies

Increase the personal income tax allowance to £12,500; £2.5bn extra for England's education budget; Five new green laws<p><b>Nick Clegg</b> unveiled the <b>Liberal Democrat</b> manifesto in Battersea last month but as voters head to the polls, what pledges are being made by the party? Here are the highlights.<p><b>• Four</b> …

Labour: Conservatives have caused primary school place crisis

As families in England wait to find whether their children can attend their chosen school, Tristram Hunt says up to 100,000 could be in classes bigger than 30<p>Labour has accused the Conservatives of causing a crisis in primary school places, claiming that a record number of children may be being …

creating and improvising stories for children.

<b>Creating and Improvising Stories for Children</b><p>There are lots of easy ways to improvise and create stories for children. This is something that most of …

Totlol Delivers A Kid-Safe Alternative To YouTube On Web & Mobile

Back in 2008, a startup called Totlol emerged, offering parents a kid-friendly collection of video clips pulled from the YouTube platform on a single destination site. But that company, a one-man show, eventually hit a dead-end and closed up shop. Today, it has returned with new founders who are …

Early schooling "damages" children and how reading boosts maths skills

Avid readers do better at maths<p>Children who read for pleasure are likely to make more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling compared to those who rarely read, a study suggests.<p>Reading for enjoyment was found to be more important for children's cognitive development between the ages 10 and 16 …

How to help children discover they LOVE reading

At a time when there has been a noticeable decline in children reading for pleasure, brought about in part by the attractions of technology and general pace of children's lives, the need for inspirational storytimes and storytelling have become ever more important.<p>Storytime in this country is sadly …

Why Some Teachers May Question 'New' Education Trends

Even with other "new" teaching practices and ideas, “among teachers there are early adopters, so some teachers buy into it very quickly, and then …

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Jackie Gerstein<p>From Jackie Gerstein's resource-rich site comes this sweet infographic depicting the skills we'd like to instill in our students. The …

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Maths advantage for pupils who read for pleasure

<b>Children who read for pleasure are likely to do better in maths and English than those who rarely read in their free time, research suggests.</b><p>The study, by the Institute of Education, London University, examined the reading habits of 6,000 children.<p>It indicated reading for pleasure was more …

How Top Gear conquered the world

<b>It's hard to go anywhere in the world these days and not find that Top Gear has got there before you. The programme may have begun on regional television in the UK - but it's now viewed in pretty much every region of the globe, writes Daniel Silas Adamson.</b><p>The taxi was a beaten up Toyota with half a …

Why and How to Look Busy

Time is your most constrained resource as school leader, and just as you wouldn’t tolerate the wasting of money, we shouldn’t tolerate the wasting of …

Building Your School Culture...1 Relationship at a Time

The first two questions I asked myself as I prepared for my first Principal position were - 1. What is a successful school culture? and 2. What will …

Lead, Without Leaving the Classroom

<i>This is the first of a six-part conversation on how teachers can grow in their leadership capacities.</i><p><b>Nancy Barile</b><p>I became a teacher because I wanted …

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Guest post: Why a school is only as strong as its head by Dame Sally Coates

Dame Sally Coates is the former Principal of the ARK Burlington Danes Academy and now Director of Academies South for United Learning. Her new book …

Never Give Up on Students: Schools Need 'Grit,' Too

<i>This post is by Susan Fairchild, chief knowledge officer for New Visions for Public Schools, Beverly Donohue, vice president for policy and talent</i> …

Preschoolers who stutter do just fine socially, new study shows

When parents hear their 3- or 4-year-old struggle with stuttering, many can’t help imagining all the ways it will cause them anxiety, especially when they enter preschool: they’ll be teased, have trouble making friends or be afraid to speak up.<p>But a new Australian study, published Monday in the …

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Tips for Beating the Clock in the Classroom

Now count that each class instead of 55 minutes is 45 minutes because of the five minutes of taking roll and getting the class started and five …

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The foodie traveller … on the baklava trail in Turkey

Baklava, from the south-eastern city of Gazantiep, was granted protected status last year: apparently the secret is in the local pistachio nuts<p>Sticky, sweet, crunchy, flaky, soft and nutty... baklava is a staple of every pastry shop in the east from Athens to Ankara, but the ancient city of …

An Inconvenient Truth – Grouping Pupils by Ability is Iniquitous by @MaryMered

7 Public Speaking Secrets From TED Legend Simon Sinek

Yet, with some 22 million video views under his belt, the optimistic ethnographer also happens to be the third most-watched TED Talks presenter of all time.<p>Ironic for an introvert, isn't it? Sinek's unlikely success as both an inspirational speaker and a bestselling author isn't just dumb luck. …

Here’s What Your Voice Tells Others About You

People judge you by your voice in many ways.<p>Via Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior:<p>The result: speakers with higher-pitched …

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22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

Don’t Stop Daydreaming: Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on …

Homer Simpson almost discovered the Higgs boson before any scientist

Some may refer to <i>The Simpsons</i> as "genius" but nobody expected this.<p>A new book titled <i>The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets</i> claims that …

With just a compass and a pair of snowshoes, Simon Beck creates art

Simon Beck has been walking in circles for years — and the results are astonishing.<p>The British snowshoe artist is famous for the detailed geometrical designs that he creates by donning snowshoes and walking for miles, creating images that can only be seen from above.<p>It all started as just a hobby …

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18 Things You Should Know About Sleep, According To A Sleep Doctor

"The brain craves routine for good sleep."<p>For more on this topic, feel free to browse the Reddit thread or check out Dr. Verma's blog PeerWell.