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Maths Mastery doesn't require setting.

Maths mastery allows classrooms to become places where struggles and mistakes are seen as normal and in the end become a positive sign that good learning is taking place, writes one education academic

Many schools are exploring "mastery" approaches to teaching and learning. A mastery approach generally means that, as a class, we work collaboratively on a topic or key idea until everyone has "got it".

In mathematics, some of the mastery approaches being developed in UK schools are informed by South Asian approaches to teaching – in particular, Shanghai Maths and Singapore Maths.

There is some evidence of modest learning gains from mastery maths and South Asian approaches, based on test results in large-scale randomised control trial research studies.

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Mental health provision for schools.

Mental health services for children and teenagers should be brought into schools, to prevent more than half a million pupils from being failed by the system, a new report says.

Published by the thinktank Localis, the report also urges the government to ensure that a mandatory module on mental health is included as part of initial teacher training.

And, following the prime minister’s recent announcement that every secondary school in England will be provided with free mental health training, the thinktank calls for the government to provide school leaders with more details about what form this will take.

It argues that, despite £1.4 billion recently being allocated to improve child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs), more than 555,000 primary and secondary pupils with a diagnosable mental illness will not receive NHS-funded mental-health care by 2020-21.

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Computer coding clubs to be expanded in Wales.

Schools are to be given £1.3m to set up clubs to teach computer coding.

The investment over five years is part of the Welsh Government's £100m to raise school standards over the assembly term.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said she wanted all pupils to have the opportunity to learn about and get involved in coding as the importance of digital skills continues to grow.

It is estimated there will be 100,000 new coding jobs by 2020 in the UK.

The Welsh Government said there are currently about 1.5 million jobs in the digital sector in the UK, 400,000 of which involve coding.

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Children must write for pleasure.

Children who write for pleasure achieve significantly better results in the subject in the classroom, National Literacy Trust research suggests.

Those who like writing outside class are seven times more likely to write above the expected level for their age.

While the proportion of children writing for fun has risen, the trust warns many are still not keen on it.

It says more attention must be focused on writing for fun, as has already been done on reading for pleasure.

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Leading Universities ranked bronze.

Several leading universities have failed to score highly in a new ranking of degree teaching standards.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has rated 295 institutions bronze, silver or gold according to their standard of undergraduate teaching.

Gold went to 59 and silver to 116.

The lowest score of bronze was awarded to 56 - including the London School of Economics (LSE), Southampton, Liverpool, Goldsmiths and the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas).

The new teaching rankings aim to help students make informed choices about degree courses, but many universities rated as bronze have criticised the system as unfair and unreliable.

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TLG Manchester Head Teacher.

TLG Manchester Head Teacher


Starting Salary: £26,880 - £33,647 (SCP 29 – 37, dependent on experience & qualifications)


Closing Date: Wednesday 5th July 2017

Location: TLG Manchester


TLG is looking for a qualified teacher with a passion to turn around the lives of disaffected young people aged 12-16. Leading our TLG Manchester education centre (alternative provision), the Head Teacher will be responsible for delivering exceptional educational programmes with imaginative curricula for disaffected young people, with proven skills and strategies to re-engage those on the verge of exclusion.


Working in partnership with a number of other key stakeholders, the successful applicant will need to develop and maintain excellent links in Manchesterwith schools, parents, referrers, and other agencies.


The successful candidate will have excellent team and communication skills and a successful track record in leadership and management, as well as a strong and vibrant Christian faith. TLG is committed to safeguarding our children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. The successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced disclosure via the DBS.


To find out more and download an application pack, please visit For further information email or phone 01274 900380.


Interviews will take place on Friday 14th July 2017.

TLG Nottingham Classroom Teacher.

TLGNottinghamClassroom Teacher

Starting Salary:  £18,198 (SCP 16) - £26,880 (SCP 29) Hours:37.5 per week (would consider a part-time job share)

Closing Date: 5pm, Sunday 9th July 2017

Location: TLG Nottingham, AREC, Arnold Road, Nottingham


Working as part of the TLG centre team in Nottingham, the Classroom Teacher post provides a unique opportunity to support young people experiencing educational crisis.


TLG Nottingham is a centre for alternative education provision delivering tailored social and educational interventions for young people. Working at the premisesof Arnold Road Evangelical Church, the Classroom Teacher will play an integral role in enabling young people to get their lives back on track, through delivering innovative programmes, and working with the Head Teacher to ensure that the education centre achieves success.


The role involves assistance with the planning and delivery of lessons, leading sessions as timetabled and providing one-to-one support as appropriate to bring excellence to the young people’s learning experience.  The individual will also act as a link between TLG’s students, their families and the church community.


We are looking to recruit an individual with a strong and vibrant Christian faith. TLG is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff including volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful applicant will be required to undertake a DBS check. 

To find out more and download an application pack, please visit For further information email or phone 01274 900380.
TLG The Education Charity intervenes to support children, families, schools and churches across the UK. Ranging from one to one support for children beginning to show signs of struggle in school to helping young people and families in the midst of exclusion, in all our work lies an unchanging resolve to transform lives for good.

Interviews will take place on Monday 17th July 2017 (at TLG Bradford)

First Montessori secondary school.

This is an usual place to learn, and the first Montessori school for adolescents in the UK to be endorsed by AMI, although there are others that teach in the Montessori style. There are no year groups, no subject departments, no timetables and no assessments. There are also no teachers in the traditional sense: adults are “guides”, mentors who meet with students weekly or fortnightly to review their work and set a programme of learning. Students study in mixed age groups, learning from each other and working on topics that interest them.

Montessori pre-school and primary schools have become popular in the UK – with around 700 early years and primary institutions, four of which are state-funded.

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Schools told to expect variability in exam results.

The exams regulator has written to schools as pupils sit new GCSEs and A levels for the first time 


The exams regulator Ofqual has warned schools to prepare for “more variability” in results following the introduction of new GCSEs and A levels this year. 

Sally Collier, chief regulator of Ofqual, has written to schools today to tell them to expect variability in their results this summer following the significant changes to the qualifications. 

This summer, pupils are sitting new GCSEs in English and maths – as well as a number of new AS levels and A levels. 

In her letter, Ms Collier said: "We know that it is normal for schools and colleges to see some variability in their own year-to-year results – either up or down.

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Language teaching more important after Brexit.

Britain is facing an uncertain future and an uneasy relationship with Europe after Brexit and the latest general election. Among other things, a key determiner of the success of Brexit will be the UK’s ability to conduct negotiations without language barriers. But the country’s woeful inability to learn languages, and the decline in foreign language learning among school and university students across Britain, does not bode well.

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