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Hart, Susan; Swann, Mandy; Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
In this article, members of the Learning without Limits research team describe the establishment and work of the Learning without Limits network. This network brings together practitioners, school leaders, academics and others involved in education to further develop approaches to anti-determinist pedagogy, and to consider the issues which arise.
Descriptors: Social Networks, Professional Development, Educational Cooperation
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
Scores of articles in "FORUM" have engaged for almost sixty years with a range of substantive issues relating to the grammar/secondary modern school divide, and to the movement for comprehensive reform. These articles constitute an invaluable resource for campaigners and historians. Highlighted and introduced here are half a dozen such…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Web Sites, Educational Change
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2016
This article revisits Douglas Barnes's book-length exploration of the implications for teachers of a constructivist epistemology, notably in relation to the importance of small-group talk in classrooms. Empirically based consideration of small-group exploratory pupil-pupil talk enabled Barnes to reveal the learning strategies such a context…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Group Discussion, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Learning Strategies
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2014
"Trojan Horse" has become journalistic shorthand for an apparent attempt by a small group in East Birmingham to secure control of local non-faith schools and impose policies and practices in keeping with the very conservative (Salafist and Wahhabi) version of Islam which they hold. In this article, Pat Yarker gives an account of two…
Descriptors: Islam, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Local Government
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2013
The flip-side of teaching-as-delivery is assessment-as-ventriloquism. Required to describe pupils and their progress through the language of Level Descriptors and exam grade criteria, any teacher risks losing her voice. This article notes the hierarchising and normalising intention of currently authorised versions of assessment, and looks for a…
Descriptors: Ability, Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation, Language
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2013
Policy pursued by Education Secretary Michael Gove promises to bring about the first national teachers' strike for a generation. This article reviews the nature and effect of Gove's intensification of academisation, and outlines ways in which edu-business is involved.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Strikes, Teacher Rights, Unions
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Yarker, Patrick; Benn, Melissa – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2011
At the end of July 2011 "The Guardian" reported on the recently opened Crown Woods College in Eltham, South-East London. The College had been rebuilt on the site of the previous Crown Woods School with 50 million pounds of funding via the Building Schools for the Future project. Its nine buildings include four "mini-schools",…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Educational Needs, Electronic Publishing, Visual Impairments
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2011
This article considers how pervasive remains the idea of fixed innate ability in relation to state education, and criticises on ethical and other grounds the language of ability as currently heard.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Politics of Education, Classification, Academic Ability
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2010
This article restates the needs for a comprehensive system of education to be intolerant of "ability"-thinking, and wonders why so few government ministers are prepared to reveal the type of school to which they send their children.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Access to Education, Role of Education, Public Officials
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2009
In this article the author considers some aspects of the egregious error or "howler". What effects does the "howler" have as a social practice? What questions are raised when a teacher shares beyond his or her own school a student's mistake for the amusement of others?
Descriptors: Teacher Behavior, Ethics, Humor, Trust (Psychology)
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2009
This article reports on current campaigning against the British government's policy of opening hundreds of Academy schools.
Descriptors: Group Behavior, Social Change, Activism, Politics
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2009
This article, which draws heavily on the Sutherland Inquiry report into the delivery of National Curriculum testing in 2008, outlines important aspects of the failure that year to report test-scores on time, considers the extent to which ministers might have been held more accountable and reviews the state of the long struggle to replace the…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Student Evaluation, Testing, Testing Problems
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2008
The government's plans for students in KS2 and KS3 to be "tested when ready" mark an attempt further to embed instrumentalist views of education. "Testing-when-ready" is seen as an intensification of the harmful regime of testing, targets and League Tables which Mansell (2007) labels "hyper-accountability". Highlighting aspects of Mansell's book…
Descriptors: Secondary Education, Role of Education, Role, Cheating
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2008
Nicholas Serota calls Room 13 "the most important model for artistic teaching in school that we have in the UK." This article describes and considers aspects of the Room 13 initiative. Begun more than a decade ago in Scotland and now spreading internationally, Room 13 treats pupils as artists and business-people. By working alongside…
Descriptors: Artists, Foreign Countries, Visual Literacy, Student Motivation
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Yarker, Patrick – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2006
This article presents extracts from interviews with 14 teachers of English. It indicates some of the tensions which result for such teachers from having to prepare Year 9 students for the "national" tests in English toward the end of Key Stage 3. These are high-stakes tests: they supply the means to compile school "league…
Descriptors: Professional Autonomy, High Stakes Tests, National Curriculum, Foreign Countries
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