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  • 17 Jan 2017 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Bill Lucas 


    Countries need to explicitly care about human dignity and value cultural diversity as well as wanting to move up the Pisa performance league table, writes a leading educationalist

    In 2018, Pisa will be reporting on a new domain, Global Competence. The test will measure analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as intercultural understanding of global issues.

    It will also survey students’ attitudes through questionnaires to gauge their openness towards people from other cultures, respect for cultural otherness, global-mindedness and responsibility.  


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  • 16 Nov 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BBC's exciting new UK wide primary science initiative starts in the spring term and they want your school to take part.


    From January 2017, join the BBC on a national scientific journey of discovery. They'll be supporting science topics with inspiring investigations for classes across the UK to take part in, online videos and curriculum-led teacher resources.

    This initiative will inspire pupils to discover their inner scientist and help your school deliver key points of the primary science curricula for 9-11 year olds in a fun, engaging and exciting way, supported by some of the BBC’s best known programmes and talent.


    Registration opens on 17th November! 


    Click here for more information

  • 29 Sep 2016 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Bill Lucas


    There is more work to do in understanding the most reliable signature pedagogies and the most effective co-curricular learning for characterful capability. But it can definitely work, writes a leading educationist

    Schools are deeply moral places. First as children then as young people, pupils learn what is right or wrong. In short they learn about character. It has always been so. Parents try to transmit their moralities to their progeny, schools do likewise with their charges. They are, after all, in loco parentis. Over the last few decades words which also have moral connotations such as ‘grit’ have also gained an epistemic one, that is to say one that signals an attitude to knowledge. While I very much welcome a move towards understanding dispositions for learning, I am uncomfortable with the relatively recent shift that suggests schools now have a responsibility for delivering ‘character education’.

    Continue reading here


  • 23 Sep 2016 2:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Sainsbury review is welcome, but we must go much further to truly meet learners’ needs


    The recent Sainsbury review, suggesting ways of improving technical education, and the subsequent Post-16 Skills Plan, pack some good punches. UK productivity is lagging behind that of its competitors and Lord Sainsbury suggests some changes to the system that could improve matters. Making the technical route coherent by restating the twin employment and college-based routes makes sense. Decluttering the current landscape of qualifications to a sensible number of 15 core occupational areas is long overdue.

    TES subscribers can read in full here


  • 07 Sep 2016 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bill Lucas explains how Justine Greening could set teachers free to teach


    A few years into my teaching career, Tim Brighouse, then my local authority’s chief education officer, gave me a secondment opportunity to develop the English language element of the Oxford Certificate of Educational Achievement. It was an act of trust in a young teacher which I have never forgotten. It unleashed levels of motivation, commitment and research capability which I had not known I possessed. It introduced me to my now friend Philip Pullman, similarly seconded. It gave me confidence to start writing for teachers; I now have more than 40 books to my name.

    Continue reading here


  • 21 Jun 2016 1:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Article featured in FE Week 21st June 2016


    Professor Bill Lucas reflects on the findings of City & Guilds research into craftsmanship, and what lessons can be learned across FE. 


    Craftsmanship is in decline today for a number of reasons.

    We live in a throwaway world where being good enough has replaced doing your best, where hands are mainly used only to type on keyboards rather than make things, and where multi-tasking and short-termism are the name of the game. 


    Read more here


    Download 'A Practical Guide to Craftsmanship' here

  • 17 May 2016 12:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Education Endowment Fund is a charity established to fund evidence-based projects which focus on tackling the attainment gap in British schools. Their research has been distilled into a Teaching and Learning Toolkit that helps schools make informed choices about which strategies to adopt and invest in. Some of the current projects are looking for schools to participate, including Changing Mindset, led by University of Portsmouth, and The Visible Classroom, led by the University of Melbourne.

    If you would like to investigate this opportunity, please take a look at the EEF Projects page and contact the projects directly.  


  • 12 May 2016 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Imagine two teenagers. Let’s call them Jack and Alaysa. They go to Imaginary High School somewhere in Australia.


    There are no year levels or set curriculum. Students move on to the next stage when they are ready, irrespective of age. They partner with teachers to design what they learn and how they are assessed. 



    This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article

  • 05 May 2016 12:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Great Science Share on 6th July 2016 will be a day for young people to enjoy sharing science. It is part of the European City of Science programme of activities which aim to inspire and engage children and the public with science in the world around them.


    This is an open invitation to be really creative, teachers and schools have complete flexibility about how they plan their day and activities on the 6th July. If you’re looking for ideas, activities could include: science themed assemblies, presenting an experiment or prototype, science circus, science fairs led by young people, a big science busk, maker day, science poster parade or a science dance off.


    First steps first – please visit click on ‘Join In’ where you will be able to register your involvement and also download a branding pack to support you with telling others about the day. If you have any ideas that you’d like us to include on the ‘Inspire’ pages that would also be welcomed.


    We hope that you will support the Great Science Share and we very much hope that you see this as a prime opportunity to collaborate or connect with others. If you’re not a science teacher you might consider how your subject can embrace science in some way – creative approaches are very very welcome! It really is up to you.


    Key to it all is that young people are at the heart of it and that they enjoy sharing science with others!


    There is a bespoke Great Science Song that has been written for us by the Halle Education – called ‘Science Should be Something We Share’. Download the music and hear this in the GSS project page at Bring your school alive with song on the day!


    Connect with the Great Science Share on Twitter #scienceshare @2016GSS to share how you are celebrating science on the 6th July 2016.

  • 07 Mar 2016 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Ellen Spencer & Bill Lucas

    RSA 3rd March 2016

    Ellen and Bill reflect on their submission to the recent Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry


    It’s a rare thing when a Parliamentary Select Committee for Education asks such a profound question that you drop what you are doing to make time to respond. But that’s just what happened at the end of last year. What, they asked, is the point of school? How closely aligned to such a view is the current system and how might we measure progress towards the goals which we see as being desirable?  


    Read blog here

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