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Rob Taylor, a maths teacher at The de Ferrers Academy, Staffordshire, explains how Showbie’s audio feedback feature, has increased his students’ progress. Showbie is the classroom management app designed to digitally issue assignments, monitor progress and provide feedback on student tasks or homework.

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A strong musical education should not be exclusive to the privileged few, argues Richard West, director of music at Loughborough Endowed Schools. Here, Richard explains why emphasis on subjects such as music should be encouraged as they can have wider benefits to other subjects, as well as the individual’s own personal development.

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By Motti Nisani, presentation expert and CEO of emaze www.emaze.com

For many teachers, student presentations have always been a bit of a sore spot. While they empower student learning and sharpen oral presentation skills, they can also be dull and monotonous, often generating apathy among students. However, student learning does not need to be that way. Giving students the privilege to present to their peers can actually be rewarding for both the audience and speaker alike.

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Being able to monitor progression throughout pupils’ academic career is essential in ensuring that all gaps in learning are addressed, but I’ve often been asked ‘how can schools achieve this without being overwhelmed by tests?’

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Challenging educational norms from the inside out.

When I was an English teacher, I rarely had time to read a book. Actually, that’s not completely true: I read books for my classes and for my teaching; books of my students’ work and endless books of governmental instruction for new educational policies.

Yet I rarely had time to read things that I actually wanted to read, let alone share them and my learning with my students. This lack of time to read, think and share my own learning really bothered me.

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Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin launches new initiative to educate 13 to 18 year olds

Jonny Benjamin, the man behind the worldwide #FindMike campaign, which reached 350 million people and helped saved a number of lives, launches cutting edge workshop to transform mental health for young people and get them talking about the issue.

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Research suggests that approximately 15% of school-age children have poor vision in one or both eyes. This can make certain tasks more difficult and in some cases, have negative consequences for a child’s learning. Yet according to an investigation by the College of Optometrists, less than a third of Local Authorities provide any vision screening in schools. Against this background, Professor Thomson from City University, London, has developed software known as SchoolScreener EZ™ which can detect poor vision in a simple three minute test.

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While some educators still believe books are best, most realise that in the age of the iPad, children can’t be expected to learn solely from text books anymore. They are used to looking up everything they need to know at a touch of a screen. Take away that interactive element, and they’re going to be pretty disengaged.

Specialist education and technology writer, Laura Varley, reports on behalf of Parago, asset management solutions for schools...

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At the top of many of our lists of New Year’s Resolutions is the affirmation to ‘get healthy and be more active’, but encouraging this same enthusiasm and determination among students has traditionally proved more challenging.

All Saints Secondary School in Dagenham, however, seems to be bucking this trend. Last year, the school reported a significant increase in students’ uptake of physical activities, with 95 percent of Key Stage 3 pupils attending at least one extracurricular club.

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