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Breaking the Link? Attainment, poverty and rural schools

The relationship between disadvantage and attainment varies considerably between different parts of England. Combining datasets shows that poverty has a particularly pernicious effect on educational attainment in some area-types, particularly the rural areas shown in green, below. Free School Meals aren’t the only ingredient In recent years there has been increasing recognition that the relationship …

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The disingenuous nature of ’empowerment’ in edtech

Technology is often presented as a means of empowerment within education, but we are in danger of actively holding pupils back by ignoring the inherent class bias of this narrative. I recently attended Bett, a large educational technology expo held annually at the ExCeL London. There were many impressive products available to preview, from a …

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Teachers are Humans: What does that mean for school leaders trying to recruit and retain them? 

The DfE is due to announce its recruitment and retention strategy soon, but there’s no reason why schools should wait for policy makers to maximise their chances of recruiting the teachers they need. This is the third in a series of blogs exploring actions teachers and leaders can take to help weather the recruitment and …

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