Reflections on ResearchED

ResearchED is a teacher-led organisation aimed at improving research literacy in the education community. Elaine Sharpling and Siân Brooks discuss their recent visit to one of its conferences…   After an inspirational opening speech from Tom Bennett, director and founder of ResearchED (which describes itself as “a grass-roots teacher led organisation”), the conference began. Tom…

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Celebrating Welsh culture

The Welsh Government has set a target of a million Welsh speakers by 2050. Our schools will have a key role to play in pursuit of this. Secondary PGCE Welsh students went to the Urdd Eisteddfod in Bridgend to see if pupils would benefit from the Welshness of the festival…   While observing a Welsh…

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Digital natives or social outcasts?

Advancements in technology are changing the world as we know it. But at what cost? Carys Jennings investigates…   Children are now bombarded from infancy with a diet of fast moving sounds and images produced by gadgets. In restaurants, shopping centres, cafes and homes our youngest are being pacified with digital dummies – (a term…

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Life outside the classroom

A recent survey of school staff shone a light on the many challenges facing the Welsh education workforce. In a fascinating blog post, Nerys Defis explains the everyday reality for teachers in Wales and opens up on why she swapped the classroom for university…   For almost 20 years I spent my professional life as a…

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Physical literacy – surviving a ‘Perfect Storm’

The link between physical activity and academic performance is well-documented. But changes in society have brought about new challenges, according to Dr Nalda Wainwright…   We are facing issues that we have never encountered before in our society. As a result of the increased levels of inactivity in children it has been predicted that they…

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