The teacher-powered schools movement: Transforming teachers from industrial workers to professionals

Despite the number of highly educated people who become teachers, the traditional system treats teachers like industrial workers rather than professionals. Superintendents and principals send out directives that teachers must follow. In contrast, educators at teacher-powered schools take on truly professional roles, controlling the decisions that directly affect school operations and student learning. A recent … Read more

A study calls for teachers to ignore disruptive students to improve behaviour in classrooms

A recent study suggests that teachers should ignore low-level disruptive behaviour in the classroom in order to reduce it. The study, led by the University of Exeter Medical School, found that rewarding well-behaved pupils with praise instead of focusing on poorly-behaved students, can improve the behaviour and mental health of school children. The study follows … Read more

University entry should consider students’ backgrounds and not just exam results

The university access watchdog in the UK has called for universities to take students’ background into account when awarding places. This is to improve “equality of opportunity” as A-Level grades are a “robust measure” only if the applicants’ “context” is also considered. The director of fair access and participation at the Office for Students’, Mr … Read more