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Teachers – the font of all knowledge?

By guest blogger Sarah Lynch, Senior Research Manager

I’m sure it takes a courageous teacher to talk about sensitive topics with their young students. I have clear memories of my ‘old’ male form tutor attempting to teach my class about sex and relationships which was embarrassing for everyone and useful to no one! Continue reading


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It worked for me

Love it or hate it, Twitter is the place to go if you want a good argument.  Tristram Hunt seems not to be a fan, criticising in yesterday’s Guardian “Twitter-fuelled orthodoxies of left and right, with both sides displaying decreasing interest in evidence-based policymaking”.  One clash last night centred on the merits of a particular teaching intervention Mantle of the Expert. In the blue corner, @andrewolduk led the charge against, with his and his team-mates’ arguments ranging from “it looks mad” through to a more reasoned “where’s the evidence?”  And in the red corner, @debrakidd and others understandably rankled against the first of these arguments (perhaps the shadow education secretary has a point). It’s the response to the second argument I’m particularly interested in though: “It worked for me”. Continue reading