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Bradbury, Alice – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2019
This article uses data from a research project exploring grouping practices based on 'ability' in classrooms for children aged 3-7 years in England to consider the relationship between teachers' views of ability and their ways of organising children. The widespread use of grouping with young children and the concomitant 'fixed-ability thinking' by…
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Barriers, Educational Change, Resistance to Change
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Carnie, Fiona – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2018
We live in a democracy and yet our schools are far from democratic. Decisions made by central government, implemented by headteachers and policed by Ofsted are rarely scrutinised or debated by those whose daily lives are significantly affected by them. Little surprise then that there is so much disenchantment on the part of teachers, disaffection…
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Teacher Employment
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Kay, Louise – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2018
The 'school-readiness' agenda is becoming increasingly dominant in recent policy discourse, and this article explores how the Bold Beginnings report builds on this agenda. By focusing on the curricular gap between the end of Reception and Year 1, and on the importance of mathematical and literacy outcomes, it is argued that Bold Beginnings clearly…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Elementary School Curriculum, Educational Policy, Reports
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Zaiser, Richard – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
In Austria the process of business-oriented educational reforms started 15 years ago but it is only now, after the implementation of the new school-leaving exams in the 2014-15 school year, that everybody has become aware of the profound changes made in the educational system. Despite the long-lasting debates and arguments, and the visible…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Human Capital
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Wiborg, Susanne – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2017
This article investigates how vested interests, particularly the teacher unions, responded to the British Labour government's school reforms designed to increase educational equality. Two significant reforms introduced to this end were Circular 10/65 on comprehensive education and the Learning and Skills Act of 2000 on the City Academies. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Educational Change, Educational Policy
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Mendus, Alys – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2016
This article stems from a doctoral study about alternative education around the world and the author's personal journey to identify characteristics of the "ideal school." The focus here is a case study of one small primary school in Australia, through which it shows that there can be a larger amount of freedom and self-actualisation…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Nontraditional Education, Case Studies, Primary Education
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Steiner, Martyn – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2016
A major factor influencing the potential for schools to address inequalities is the freedom that teachers have to reflect and to act to address those inequalities. This article describes how an education system that emphasises the informal and qualitative can leave greater room for teachers to develop themselves and to focus on the direct task of…
Descriptors: Montessori Schools, Case Studies, Teacher Empowerment, Professional Autonomy
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Dean, Charlotte – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2016
This article presents a policy analysis of the UK Government's Academies programme and explores the impact that this might have on young people who have become disengaged from the mainstream education system and are thus educated in "alternative provision" (AP) settings. It argues that the academisation proposals curtail some of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Nontraditional Education, Access to Education
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Gordon, John – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2016
This article presents research exploring the knowledge pupils bring to texts introduced to them for literary study, how they share knowledge through talk, and how it is elicited by the teacher in the course of an English lesson. It sets classroom discussion in a context where new examination requirements diminish the relevance of social, cultural…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Classroom Techniques, Classroom Communication, Literary Devices
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Mycroft, Louise – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2016
Since 1978 The Northern College, Barnsley has provided an education focused on the transformation and empowerment of individuals and communities. The demands of an instrumentalist system bite deep and even the most authentic mission might struggle to hold firm against a neo-liberal onslaught which privileges the qualification of economically…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Blended Learning, Social Change, Curriculum Development
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Stern, Julian – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2015
There are problems with considering children and young people in schools as quite separate individuals, and with considering them as members of a single collectivity. The tension is represented in the use of "voice" and "voices" in educational debates. Voices in dialogue, in contrast to "children's voice", are…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Hermeneutics, Student Attitudes, Student Participation
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Barker, Bernard – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2015
This account of the author's learning to read, write, speak and listen was inspired by English teachers in a post-war democracy, and by the discovery that Eltham Green School, the original of his comprehensive experiences, had ceased to exist. The author believed the theme of learning English would help him write more coherently than before about…
Descriptors: English Teachers, English Instruction, Social Differences, Cultural Differences
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Richards, Andrew – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2015
Two quantitative measures of school performance are currently used, the average points score (APS) at Key Stage 2 and value-added (VA), which measures the rate of academic improvement between Key Stage 1 and 2. These figures are used by parents and the Office for Standards in Education to make judgements and comparisons. However, simple…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Correlation
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Martin, Jane – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2014
Joan Simon (née Peel, 1915-2005) was the life-long partner of Brian Simon who helped launch FORUM in September 1958. Like Brian, she embraced a Communist outlook and engagement in the area of education. Unlike Brian, she practiced the historian's craft outside the male academic hierarchy. Based on newly available personal papers this study…
Descriptors: Womens Studies, Females, Social Action, Scholarship
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Alexander, Robin – FORUM: for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education, 2014
Here, at "FORUM's" invitation, is the text of the 2014 Godfrey Thomson Trust public lecture at the University of Edinburgh. Its backdrop is the centralisation of educational decision-making in England since 1988 and the power and patronage exercised by the Secretary of State. Taking as examples recent policies on childhood, curriculum…
Descriptors: Evidence, Elementary Education, Educational Change, Change Strategies
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