Performance Management: Issues for schools and other educational organisations?

Thanks to Gordon all for the following: Recent research from Strathclyde University has found that:   “companies that concentrate on “Performance Management” alone faired worse than other comparative companies.”   This finding should make a lot of our organisations sit […]

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Postitscience e-news September 2008

http://www.positscience.com/ Some interesting posts in the September e-news Is Dyscalculia a Type of Math Dyslexia? Sometimes Not Losing Is More Important Than Winning Vitamin B12 May Help Big Brains Daydreaming Appears Healthier

PEN – Learning Exchange: Chard in Somerset 24th October 2008

PEN - Learning Exchange Chard in Somerset 24th October 2008 Reminder - our next Learning Exchange is being jointly held with the Chard Home Education Centre on the 24th

New York Times: Older Children Abandoned Under Law for Babies by Erik Eckholm

New York Times Published: October 2, 2008. A Nebraska law intended to prevent the abandonment of newborns is being used by parents of unruly teenagers. Read the whole article at:

Roland Meighan:

Peter Wilby published an article 'Aint Misbehavin' in the Guardian on the 23rd September. http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/sep/23/pupilbehaviour.alansteer Roland Meighan responded with the following (as yet unpublished) letter. Dr Roland Meighan. D.Soc.Sc., Ph.D.,

Education Otherwise: New Website

A new article entitled New Website for Education Otherwise has been posted on the EO Campaign website,

Futurelab Conference: Challenging Learner Voice: are we really empowering learners?

This is a reminder to let you know that Futurelab’s conference, this year entitled ‘Challenging Learner Voice: are we really empowering learners?’ is fast approaching and will take

Lib Ed bulletin: New articles for September 2008

The Baumgarten children's home. Siegfried Bernfeld The Kinderheim Baumgarten was a jewish children's home set up in Vienna after the first world war. Bernfeld's  methods would still seem innovative

Sunday Times: UK’s biggest school scraps homework. Jack Grimston

From The Sunday TimesSeptember 28, 2008 A new school that will be the biggest in the country is to abandon homework because the head teacher believes it does not

BBC News: ‘No evidence’ exam targets work.

BBC News 26th September 2008 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7638091.stm Gordon Brown repeated his threat to replace school leaders or close schools. There is "no quantified evidence" about whether threatening to close

New Effort Aims to Test Theories of Education

By Javier C. Hernandez Published: September 24, 2008. New York Times. http://tiny.cc/2MuaD Roland G. Fryer Jr., a Harvard economist, has often complained that while pharmaceutical companies have poured

Edutopia News 24th September 2008 – Building on Disaster: Architects Around the World Respond to Crises

 http://www.edutopia.org/ Building on Disaster: Architects Around the World Respond to Crises. Where the going is tough, Architecture for Humanity gets schools going again. by Richard Rapaport. People are ready

Press Release: Website Uncovers UK Student Funding Knowledge ‘Chasm’

A new survey has revealed that more than 50% of 16 to 24 year olds struggle to recall any types of higher education funding. And even when prompted

Press Release: ‘Practise makes perfect’ – help for children with movement difficulties

Scientists from the University of Leeds have developed a set of practical guidelines for use by teachers, childcare professionals and parents that will help pre-school children with co-ordination

Who’s afraid of children’s rights? Transforming the lives and status of children and young people in England.

CRAE annual conference 20 November 2008 at The Oval Conference Centre, Kennington, London SW11 5SS. Speakers include Kamel Filali, Vice-chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the

Press Release: Teachers TV and Espresso Education launch new partnership

Teachers in schools across England will benefit from Espresso Education’s increasing focus on professional development, as Espresso has teamed up with Teachers TV, the digital channel and web

Virginmedia: digital news. ‘Star trek-style’ desks for schools.

Virginmedia news item 24th September 2008. http://www.virginmedia.com/digital/news/technology-story.php?storyid=33588142 'Star trek-style' desks for schools. It's a classroom, but not as we know it. Researchers have developed Star Trek-style interactive desks for schools. The

New York Times: College Panel Calls for Less Focus on SATs

By SARA RIMER. Published: September 21, 2008 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/22/education/22admissions.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin A commission convened by some of the country’s most influential college admissions officials is recommending that colleges and universities move away

Edutopia News 17th September 2008 – In the Trenches: Community Activism Plays a Starring Role in Education Reform

In the Trenches: Community Activism Plays a Starring Role in Education Reform. Educational activism kicks into high gear. by Sara Bernard http://www.edutopia.org/whats-next-2008-grassroots-activism  On March 19, 2008, more than ten

New York Times Editorial: Colleges and Binge Drinking

Published: September 16, 2008 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/17/opinion/17wed3.html?_r=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin It’s part of an educator’s job to spark debate, but a group of about 130 college presidents is on the wrong track with

Job Posts: Research Officer Vacancies

INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION University of London Faculty of Policy and Society Research Officer Vacancies Salary will be in the range pro rata of £28,997 to £34,624 plus £2,323 London Allowance Job

Education Otherwise: More Sample Responses to the Children Missing Education Consultation ( England)

A new article entitled More Sample Responses to the Children Missing Education Consultation ( England) has been posted on the EO Campaign website,

Press Release: YoungMinds announces book award shortlist

This summer young people up and down the country have been reviewing books for this year’s YoungMinds book award – and following their feedback, YoungMinds, the leading children’s

Press Release: Online registration live for BETT 2009

Registration is now live for BETT 2009, the world’s largest technology in education show that runs from 14-17 January at Olympia, London.  Visitors to the BETT website (

Posit Science – Brain Fitness News August 2008: Brain Change Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Posit Science refer to an article from   ScienceDaily (Aug. 9, 2008) — Researchers have long sought a factor that can trigger the brain's ability to learn – and perhaps recapture

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