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Oracy: The State of Speaking in Our Schools

In an exclusive interview for our new report on oracy, Professor Frank Hardman, argues that talk is: “the most powerful tool of communication in the classroom and it is fundamentally central to the acts of teaching and learning”. “The State of Speaking in Our Schools” was commissioned by Voice 21. It reveals that oracy (learning to talk well, and …

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What I wished I’d known about social cohesion

As a geography teacher in a large, mono-cultural secondary school, I remember feeling a depressing powerlessness in the face of a small but fairly vocal minority of pupils’ attitudes to race, ethnicity, or any culture that differed from their own. Studying topics like migration and aid were particularly prone to revealing views that made me …

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Sponsored academies *have* improved faster than other schools. But only a bit!

Sponsored academies have improved more than other schools, but only by 0.7% when compared to similar schools. The DfE press release yesterday reported that that results in sponsored academies had increased by 3.1% compared to 0.6% in other schools. This claim was repeated amongst others by The Guardian but there is a simple reason for this figure: Sponsor academies are …

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