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Oracy: Why I left the Speaking Up For Speaking event buzzing

Events in the Commons’ committee rooms invariably concern important issues, but are sometimes a little…. stuffy. Our recent event with Emma Hardy MP-  “#speakingup”  was different, and there are five main reasons I thought it was both unique and successful. It’d be great to see more events following these principles. 1. The fantastic speakers included …

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How research can have a place in the maths classroom: brief reflections on The Telegraph Festival of Education 2017

  How can maths teachers make lessons relevant to their students? How can teachers use research to impact their classroom practice? How can teachers make their classrooms a welcoming space to lead to engagement that then has a knock on effect to learning? These were the questions that were subconsciously buzzing around in my head …

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“Showing Too Much Thigh”: Sexual Harassment in Schools

My 14 year-old niece’s school recently instructed her and her classmates to ensure the lengths of their skirts were in line with uniform regulations. This was premised on the need to avoid “compromising male staff and students” by “showing too much thigh” while “walking upstairs or even just sitting down”. A similarly worded email was …

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