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Alexopoulos, A.; Pavlidou, M.; Cherouvis, S. – Physics Education, 2019
In recent years the realisation that children make decisions and choices about subjects they like in primary school became widely accepted. The role of the primary school teacher as the main ambassador for a subject is therefore crucial in inspiring and enthusing the younger generation towards STEM. However, in most European countries, primary…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Role
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Roberts, William M.; Newcombe, Daniel J.; Davids, Keith – Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 2019
Background: Oversimplified, reductionist approaches to operationalising Physical Literacy (PL) have been a barrier to the development of a complex, dynamic and embodied understanding of the individual Physical Literacy journey. Further, there has been no appropriate approach that might allow practitioners to integrate Physical Literacy in Physical…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Literacy, Foreign Countries, Athletics
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Benstead, Helen – Support for Learning, 2019
This article explores the process by which children attending mainstream UK primary schools can achieve social inclusion. It presents the findings from a systematic literature review, followed by empirical research, exploring the concept of social inclusion with particular regard to the experiences of pupils identified with SEND. The article draws…
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Needs, Inclusion, Foreign Countries
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Sampey, Carol – Primary Science, 2018
Assessment is not something that stands alone and teachers need support to develop their understanding of both assessment practices and the subject being assessed. Teachers at Shaw Primary School were fortunate to take part in the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project and, in this article, the outlines how science and assessment can…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, Student Evaluation
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Rodger, Pauline – Primary Science, 2018
Holt Primary School is a village school in which teachers work as a team within a climate of respect and trust. The teachers were fortunate to take part in the Bath Spa TAPS (Teacher Assessment in Primary Science) research project, which also overlapped with undertaking Gold PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark). As a result, teacher confidence in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Student Evaluation, Elementary School Teachers
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Higham, Rupert; Biddulph, James – Education 3-13, 2018
This article provides the transcript of Dr. Rupert Higham (University College London, Institute of Education) in conversation with Dr. James Biddulph (Headteacher of the University of Cambridge Primary School). Among the topics discussed are: What the University of Cambridge Primary School (UCPS) motto, "Releasing the Imagination: Celebrating…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Administrator Attitudes, Leadership Role, Educational Theories
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Barber, Kerry-Anne – Primary Science, 2018
As the Science Co-ordinator at St Paul's RC Primary School, the author has been involved in producing and trialling resources for the Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) project over the last four years. This article explains how St Paul's has used the Focused Assessments (FAs). The author has always tried to promote enquiry-based…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Bates, Agnieszka – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2018
The Ofsted report entitled Bold Beginnings: the Reception curriculum in a sample of good and outstanding primary schools is part of a research programme aimed at reviewing the primary curriculum and its implementation. Although the report highlights the 'uniqueness' of the Reception year, it also undermines the principles of Early Years Foundation…
Descriptors: Elementary School Curriculum, Curriculum Implementation, Phonics, Teaching Methods
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Richards, Colin – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2018
The Ofsted report Bold Beginnings was met with virulent opposition from the early years community. It tried to foreclose, rather than open up, debate about the Reception year; its wording was particularly incendiary. Almost a year on, straws in the wind suggest that the community's reaction was justified and that a battle for the soul of Reception…
Descriptors: Reports, Elementary School Curriculum, Foreign Countries, Criticism
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Williams, Laura – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2018
In November 2017, Ofsted published Bold Beginnings, a report on its findings about teaching in the Reception year. Like very many practitioners in the early years, the author of this article believes this report to be of concern, as the recommendations it proposes would be so damaging for the early education of young children. She believes its…
Descriptors: Elementary School Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Play
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Cox, Sue – Education 3-13, 2017
In this article, I discuss how the context of children's classroom activities and the quality of their participation and agency are key to learning around values. These pedagogical approaches lie in a socio-cultural theoretical framework which I use to show how "empowered" participation in classrooms and in enquiry activities in…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Moral Values, Values Education, Humanities
Learning and Work Institute, 2017
The European Agenda for Adult Learning defines the focus for European cooperation in adult education policies for 2012-2020. The Agenda highlights the need to increase participation in adult learning of all kinds (formal, non-formal and informal) either to acquire new work skills, or for active citizenship, or for personal development and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Learning, Adult Education, Lifelong Learning
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Church, David – Primary Science, 2017
Having just completed his newly qualified teacher certification (NQT), David Church was grateful to be given the role of science subject leader at his school. As it was his first subject leader role, he was unsure about how to proceed with improving the teaching and learning of science. Aware of the Primary Science Quality Mark award (PSQM) and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Educational Quality
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Walker, Sarah – Primary Science, 2017
In December 2015, the media was full of Tim Peake and his adventures as he set off for the International Space Station as the first British ESA astronaut. The author set up a class blog as well as a Twitter account and created cross-curricular units of work around the "real" experience. Children really raised their game when they were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Media, Astronomy, Electronic Journals
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Earle, Sarah – Primary Science, 2017
Moderation is put forward as they key strategy for improving the reliability of teacher assessment. However, for many teachers the word "moderation" conjures up ideas of uncomfortable situations in which marking is being checked by others and there are prolonged arguments about tiny features of individual work. In this article, the…
Descriptors: Grading, Interrater Reliability, Faculty Development, Professional Continuing Education
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