Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-Up: Volume 7


This is the Seventh Edition of my monthly review of @GiftedPhoenix Twitter activity, covering the period from 5 April to 9 May 2012 inclusive.

My Twitter feed is almost exclusively dedicated to gifted education, wider English education policy and associated topics. I am to make these posts a fairly comprehensive record, incorporating all those Tweets that carry a hyperlink to an online resource while discarding those that are merely badinage.

I haven’t rechecked all the hyperlinks, so apologies if any are broken.

The categorisation I’ve used on this occasion is slightly revised. There are three sections on:

  • Gifted Education Worldwide, with sub-sections for each of the five continents and, separately, for the UK;
  • Gifted Education: Thematic, with sub-sections for Twice-exceptional; Creativity and Innovation, Intelligence and Neuroscience; and, finally, Commentary and Research;
  • Related Educational Issues, which is focused predominantly on developments in England and is broken down into several thematic subsections – several more than I have used previously.

The final section covers some material of interest to gifted educators but also extends into wider areas of domestic education policy. It should provide a fairly comprehensive overview of most of the live topics in English education policy, though with a significant bias towards the schools sector

The vast majority of these are my own Tweets, but a few are modified tweets or retweets of originals sent by others. I have removed addresses and hashtags – except where these are integral to the tweet – and corrected a few typos. The Tweets in each section are broadly in chronological order, though I have grouped some together where that makes sense.

Otherwise this is largely an unadulterated record of proceedings, though with added fish! I hope you find it useful.

Gifted Education Worldwide

The 2012 Torrance Legacy Creative Writing Awards: http://t.co/fPTEqEL

The WCGTC 2013 Conference blog, including part of the speaker line-up: http://t.co/L9mE2jTv

Free webinar series: Supporting Gifted Students with 21st Century Strategies: https://t.co/jDuAsr81

Brief report of the APEC Future Scientist Conference in Java: 120 gifted learners from 16 (or 9?) countries involved: http://t.co/qfGVlXyw

Mother’s Day SENGinar on mother/daughter relationships of profoundly gifted girls http://t.co/oTgSbeDf  – early am 11/5

WCGTC marketing for 2013 conference in NZ: http://t.co/W9LYOPcB – I love the geographical optimism of slide 2!

Round-up of summer professional development in gifted education: http://t.co/TecHVufz  Mostly US but includes @Begabungs SL events

#gtchat transcript from last week on Adult Giftedness: http://t.co/h92aKlsK

The transcript for tonight’s chat on Role Models For Gifted Children: http://t.co/YMV6lR5B

Gifted Underachievement with @Josh_Shaine, transcript 18/4 has been chirpified! http://t.co/jhTGCSNj

Transcript for last Sunday’s #gtie, “Cyberbullying and Gifted Education”: http://t.co/eNFEA47L

Transcript from tonight’s #gtie: 5 Give-away Signs of Giftedness for Teachers http://t.co/PmnpvAqH

Africa

Kenyan pupils call for ‘a curriculum review to incorporate competences, skills and talent development at all levels’: http://t.co/Ls2B31Ye

Americas

FICOMUNDYT IX Congreso Iberoamericano de Superdotacion, Talento y Creatividad, October 2012: http://t.co/BsM9OahX

Puerto Rico Legislature Considers Laws to Boost Gifted Children http://t.co/WuOm2jaj

Gifted trivia: what’s the connection between Francoys Gagne and Star Wars? Answer: http://t.co/8eVC19Zv (I should do more of these!)

National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT) in US has College Board agreement to run SAT test in summer school: http://t.co/yKcLRwO3

Gifted Jobs: Louisiana School for Math Science and the Arts needs a Director of Admissions and Outreach http://t.co/e2apKqQS

NYC gifted kindergarten entry articles: http://t.co/5YT1tVhx and http://t.co/dYaAomjx  and http://t.co/eJPyCEhj

More about gifted kindergarten admissions in NYC: http://t.co/zl2aR9On and http://t.co/AarrffVZ and http://t.co/Y4ZBbKLQ

Another one on NYC gifted kindergarten admissions: http://t.co/5NlwwCj2 – It’s not called Gotham City for nothing!

Coaching and private tuition strengthen their fiendish grip in NYC: http://t.co/p68hjs7f

Rundown of gifted and talented schools in NYC including hyperlinks to their websites: http://t.co/mGVxa2dT

Study calls for NYC to test all kindegarten pupils for giftedness since many poor families don’t use service: http://t.co/MerhSx9I

Yet more on the impenetrable mystery that is NYC gifted education policy: http://t.co/mbXaFAhG

Belin-Blank outlines its summer professional development programme: http://t.co/lGVSdem4

Online gifted education as an option in Minnesota: http://t.co/Z0Y7mIJH

A second US blogger posts on distance learning for gifted kids: ttp://t.co/dEeYwFQ2

Are gifted learners informationally fluent? CTD is aiming to ensure they are: http://t.co/xR9mYg3O

Updated links to test scores for all major talent searches http://t.co/JJI3OGkm – plus other test score percentiles

Valerie Bostwick, a PhD student at UC Santa Barbara, plans an economic evaluation of gifted + talented magnet schools: http://t.co/KTO4HmJK

Upcoming Duke Conference featuring Project Bright Idea, applying gifted education approaches for all learners http://t.co/zk1OKTWH

Carolyn Callahan appears for defence in US gifted lawsuit; contests Donna Ford’s testimony for prosecution http://t.co/vM1aVFWi

A second report on the Elgin gifted education lawsuit: http://t.co/8xP5eRFF

Gifted jobs: DC Public Schools (no less) is looking for a Director of Gifted Education: http://t.co/JnCQDcfp ($89-97K)

Petition to Vermont Commissioner of Education to provide adequate public education for gifted children: http://t.co/RA5yuxqu

Deb Delisle confirmed as nation’s new assistant secretary of education  http://t.co/TmQmBtLm

Education acceleration bill heads to Gov. Rick Scott FL  http://t.co/HtnpdPjP

Norwich (Connecticut) plans 40th anniversary reunion for participants of 1973 elementary gifted programme: http://t.co/p4nVGMZO

On Native American gifted education: http://t.co/cGX0y5UE

Whitworth University confirms who is sponsoring their $3m dollar endowed chair in gifted education: http://t.co/Ax7izgdA

Asia

Taiwan has reviewed its talent development policies and will produce a White Paper in the next year: http://t.co/u17N986A

Taiwan moves to improve quality of English, especially in rural schools: http://t.co/tzVqOXtX

Oman follows Taiwan in declaring need for a National Talent Development Plan http://t.co/ucH6ui8Y  Can we have one of those?

Philippines’ Department of Education increases SPED funding (including gifted education) by 56% http://t.co/0dn1J0Sz

On this otherwise quiet gifted news day I bring you the results of the aforementioned Philippines run for gifted kids! http://t.co/uoQotTXJ

Questions asked in Singapore Parliament today about the impact of their Gifted Education Programme (GEP): http://t.co/H786Y2ed

Malaysia’s worried about failure to progress to Harvard places: a target for the Permata Pintar gifted programme? http://t.co/rHfqqjjy

Upcoming HKAGE Professional Development Seminars by messrs Porath, van Tassel-Baska and Chandler: http://t.co/L1t8jkDz

Hong Kong’s 2012 Biennial Gifted Education Conference in May is another van Tassel-Baska/Chandler show: http://t.co/kBoK90mn

Who’s in the running to establish a new university campus on a premium Hong Kong site? http://t.co/l342XWyE

The pressure’s on to secure a place at one of Vietnam’s High Schools for the Gifted: http://t.co/ak9xFPAV

English medium teaching in Vietnam’s High Schools for the Gifted runs into difficulties: http://t.co/Wwbl0yx9

Vietnam is experiencing a brain drain of gifted students, but only from urban areas: http://t.co/uHjVVWqR

Wow! Israel’s Education Ministry has a ‘super gifted’ programme comprising 15-18 students a year: http://t.co/w77LopBX

Two reports on giftedness and gifted education from Bangalore India: http://t.co/EzrFd381 and http://t.co/0il0lQBG

Looks like ICIE is planning a January 2013 gifted education conference in Chennai India: http://t.co/4oRSilhQ

Arab News carries a short article highly critical of the Saudi gifted programme (Mawhiba): http://t.co/WiP6juTI  Brave!

Gifted jobs: teaching posts in trilingual (Kaz, Rus, Eng) Kazakhstani Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools: http://t.co/MfYO8u89

Australasia

More on Jill Bevan-Brown’s work on gifted Maori learners: http://t.co/tszNKy3k

Access the presentations from the recent giftEDnz conference in NZ: http://t.co/0Jrg8EUn

ERO Report on science in the NZ Curriculum: http://t.co/FqnxI7Zu – notes that gifted learners get favourable treatment in a few schools

Two Sydney Morning Herald pieces on giftedness and gifted education: http://t.co/CYSGF3JK and http://t.co/9qyqnmas

The line-up for Australia’s 13th National Conference on Gifted Education, July 2012: http://t.co/VvLvxHgr

Europe

A report (in sub-standard English) of recent developments in gifted education in Russia: http://t.co/2A4T70BQ

Russia’s Ivanovo Region is opening an orphanage for gifted children: http://t.co/GcTRSd7W with Medvedevian support

El bachillerato de excelencia: igualdad o equidad? http://t.co/6Xm3VfhH

8 razones por las que atender la Alta Capacidad y el Talento http://t.co/MZMmrWTH

Mi hijo tiene alta capacidad, se lo digo? http://t.co/mlYWGLHa

“Mama, no quiero ir al cole, me aburro!” http://t.co/rE7CY4qH

Desarrollar el talento, promover la excelencia: dos exigencias de un sistema educativo mejor http://t.co/ZixCLPZi

Gifted education in Spain – @Begabungs interviews @jtoufi http://t.co/hqinBtPF

The Netherlands Education Ministry on transport for gifted students (in Dutch): http://t.co/ITEzD3q6

The fissure within the Leonardo Foundation, supporting Netherlands gifted education, is made public http://t.co/yKlipbg3 (in Dutch)

Talent I Skolen: http://t.co/m4pn4cU2 – gifted education in Denmark

On gifted education in Norway (in Norwegian): http://t.co/r4vb3kaK

Stortingsmelding 22 og ‘De hoyt presterende elevene’ (in Norwegian): http://t.co/n6djbSze

PISA 2009 data on the proportion of high-achieving learners in Ireland: http://t.co/vZTu8WgF

Interview with Colm O’Reilly of Center For Talented Youth Ireland (CTYI): http://t.co/cc4kg0kb

The speaker line-up at yesterday’s MENSA Greece Conference on Gifted and Talented Children and their needs: http://t.co/jbUfK1xV

CBO is setting up a school for gifted children in Flanders: http://t.co/XTFK2Nij

UK

Pauline Dixon, a UK specialist in development education, including support for disadvantaged gifted learners: http://t.co/nqyrNctJ

More ‘genius children’ coverage from the BBC: http://t.co/iXNeOkO2

A superb Heroes and Heroines Comic produced by Southwark’s gifted kids: http://t.co/T1V2oHlb

Hoping to find out more this morning about IGGY’s future plans: http://t.co/tGPTVBOi

Michelle Obama as ambassador for gifted education: http://t.co/3rLoflIV

Shami Chakrabarti supports the gifted programme at her old school in Stanmore: http://t.co/F8ybmUfe  – a potential  GT Voice ambassador?

Gifted Jobs: IGGY Warwick requires a Sales and Marketing Manager: http://t.co/brJv7bv0 – Up to £45K, deadline 7 May

DfE want your summer schools top tips: http://t.co/pCqr9EPj – Mine is of course to run them for gifted learners

Competition to encourage more UK students to study in Hong Kong: prize is HK summer school: http://t.co/4ByLNO9g

Lampl says (at 53mins) Sutton Trust report on gifted education due out in June (Smithers qualifies): http://t.co/NhpqWnaz

Welsh Government’s launch of a new Training Pack for More Able and Talented equals a press notice but no pack: http://t.co/EmWgOoPO

Raising attainment of more able cited as area for improvement in 8 of sample of 30 primary inspection reports: http://t.co/hdXMxAzf

TES report on the School Games: http://t.co/Cn7YnyTR

London Zoo Fish 1 Courtesy of Gifted Phoenix


Gifted Education Thematic

Twice Exceptional

Meet the Dugents: a twice-exceptional family: http://t.co/ldAI4R7j

Express article about a 2e learner in Wales: http://t.co/tB1wBdEX – unusually sympathetic for the Express!

NAGC chat transcript on the intricacies of 2e learners http://t.co/RleuxeIU

Twice-Exceptional Newsletter 16 April 2012: http://t.co/anr2RKKJ

Twice Exceptional Newsletter, 22 April edition: http://t.co/kBcU7QbK

SEN Support Staff Scholarships can presumably be used for 2e training, if suitable courses are available http://t.co/z8qztzcn

Free Asperger Syndrome and Giftedness Fact Sheet on our website http://t.co/e2VB9vE1 (direct link)

The Saudi version of 2e ‘The Koran Memorisation Competition for Disabled Children’: http://t.co/aztt60nD – Words fail me….

Creativity and Innovation

The Creative Thinking Myth: http://t.co/8p8Rs569

Douglas Eby on Jane Piirto: http://t.co/HhAY82gj

4 Steps Towards Enhancing Our Own and Students’ Creativity: http://t.co/z828PWrC

The Seelig Innovation Engine Model to unleash creativity: http://t.co/WuGQ4OlG

Guardian Review pulls no punches in demolishing Lehrer’s book ‘How Creativity Works’: http://t.co/WkCV7eyH

Adobe Report on the ‘creativity gap’ in 5 leading economies (including UK and US): http://t.co/43I55SI1

Who Creates the Innovator – A review of Wagner’s latest book (including intelligence/creativity relationship): http://t.co/8tWEn1WD

Helping A New Generation Nurture Creative Thinking and Innovation: The Creative Mind http://t.co/W4S2QoTe

Can Innovation Skills be Learned? http://t.co/7JB6MSAI

Intelligence and Neuroscience

Check out Cognitive Atlas: a work-in-progress knowledge base for cognitive science: http://t.co/vKFfRBwe

A post that rightly warns against the tendency of some gifted educators to misuse IQ stats: http://t.co/9oMn3jan

Brain injury data used to map intelligence in the brain: http://t.co/gyvKC7Pb

Excessive worrying may have co-evolved with intelligence: http://t.co/1aQr5YvO  (Complete with enlargeable photo of female person worrying)

Project ENIGMA ‘We found fairly unequivocal proof supporting a genetic link to brain function and intelligence http://t.co/4iswyilW

Heritability of IQ http://t.co/g8RJuITX

Can you make yourself smarter? (An extensive NYT article): http://t.co/pS73vPnc

@sbkaufman: “Brainy” is What “Brainy” Does (Psychology Today): http://t.co/DJKimFx8

Time to put on your thinking caps (aka ‘mini-transcranial direct current stimulation devices’): http://t.co/juOLB8oz

Willingham on Working Memory Training: http://t.co/9iQwOIwr

Shortcomings of the IQ-based construct of Underachievement http://t.co/oAYlNcpZ

New centre at Oxford aims to understand how intelligence arises from brain’s circuits. http://t.co/mQMFGuiA

Neurobonkers blog (great name) on how UK media misrepresent neuroscience research: http://t.co/q6VgjGO9

Eysenck (1916-1997) Bad ass of assessment? 50 blogs on learning theorists in 50 days) http://t.co/3DMt5L8h

Gardner Multiple Intelligences or school subjects mirrored? http://t.co/ftLileSX

The limitations of IQ: http://t.co/OwSLVDM7

How fluid is intelligence? Hambrick inthe NYT: http://t.co/YuYS9i5o

Why Are We So Obsessed With Improving IQ? Psychology Today http://t.co/BeNeFfAS

 

Commentary and Research

Pushing the gifted adult conversation forward : http://t.co/rJ0ZVR7l

Social Reactions to Overconfidence http://t.co/vDRJwTR3  – Peers tend to believe they have superior social skills!

Stoeger and Ziegler: Deficits in Fine Motor Skills and their Influence on Persistence in Gifted Elementary Pupils: http://t.co/UJIeMdMW

Text anxiety in gifted learners: http://t.co/hmJImZoY

Gifted education advocates should be more focused on equity issues says this blogger: http://t.co/D3YRyTR1

Check out this presentation : Raising Gifted Children http://t.co/8HlwBDHa

Belle Wallace: Who Are The Gifted? Where Are They? 1st of 6 articles: http://t.co/LvhBpcRi

Can ‘Genius’ be Detected in Infancy? http://t.co/3pDlqWzx – a helpful counterbalance to the wilder press coverage

New blogspot http://t.co/lwUehazW Goal Increased advocacy for culturally and linguistically diverse gifted learners

Read about teaching innovation through the arts in the Spring issue of CTD’s Talent Newsletter: http://t.co/R2OJ3SMG

Evidence on Ability Peer Effects in (English) Schools: Lavy, Silva and Weinhardt: http://t.co/CeN8aqfl

Fascinating gender differences in impact of having many fellow pupils in top and bottom 5% by KS2 attainment: http://t.co/CeN8aqfl

Don Ambrose markets two forthcoming co-publications, one with Sternberg: http://t.co/YYR63iYX

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth have produced a retrospective 5-year Report: http://t.co/qnp76Qk3

Unwrapping Gifted: Differentiation LiveBinders http://t.co/HH4zeIok

Final part of Borland’s ‘Problematising Gifted Education’: http://t.co/QYFwAONB  Restatement of a position rather than anything new

The importance of increasing AP entry and success amongst minority student populations: http://t.co/HWXf6WYv

Busting one of the silliest but most common myths:you only use 10 percent of brain http://t.co/ESXN2dMU

More about the benefits of online learning for gifted learners: http://t.co/17nky5N1

First in a new series on Misdiagnosis and Giftedness: http://t.co/P99hemKy

Why Kenyans Make Such Great Runners: A Story of Genes and Cultures http://t.co/qmkshiJo

Can you instil mental toughness (aka resilience)?: http://t.co/sUO5aJPA

Serving Gifted Students from Poverty, Part 3 of 3: http://t.co/T4BXURZ1

The value and impact of praise on [gifted] school achievement: http://t.co/8VP9Qj0r

Stephanie Tolan: Who or What? http://t.co/U0tWyvMl

Gifted Parenting Support: Gifted Learners in Rural Areas: http://t.co/FOjWzVOD

An Evolutionary Perspective on Giftedness: http://t.co/PAyPEEJK

Going with the Flow: Student Engagement and Beyond: http://t.co/wO4FxgJ1

Lots of excitement being generated about the potential of TED-Ed videos for gifted education: http://t.co/q3589aLh

The evolution of the geek infographic: http://t.co/wrmT6GOf

Elite Soccer Players’ Brains Excel At Planning And Problem Solving http://t.co/lflybLqa

How Geniuses Think – The Creativity Post http://t.co/2zPoSee6

Being Black and Gifted is Nothing New: http://t.co/fSZfEMD1 – on the work of Martin D Jenkins

Thanks to @MaryStGeorge for her thoughtful contribution to gtchat via her blog post “The Gifted Label” http://t.co/GvxlLYT2

Not All Highly Intelligent People Are Arrogant Pricks http://t.co/rcn48jGn

Giftedness and liking…history from Innreach’s Blog: http://t.co/sZ9WBmBz

Wise words on Creating Online Community for Gifted Advocacy: http://t.co/x9RYbwVr

“Eat it, Mills” – or how talent development adds to the underachievement problem http://t.co/OZzAViOR

Excellent blog post on the gifted label: What’s in a Name? http://t.co/Y1IfCorR

@GingerLewman: Wanted to share my livebinder – iPad Apps for Gifted & High-Ability Learners http://t.co/smw1h7ZD

Red herring du jour: defining giftedness: http://t.co/f9FZX5iE  Broadly sympathetic with that position

Gifted Resources May Newsletter can be read online at http://t.co/DF5euX4r

Gifted Exchange on incentives for early high school completion/college start: http://t.co/AqKAu7Me

Worried about identification for early-years gifted programmes? You will be after reading this! http://t.co/vKMZCC7j

US NAGC Conceptual Foundations Newsletter featuring article by Wenda Sheard, expat and UK NAGC trustee: http://t.co/VU2Qt9Hm

“It is not about intelligence. It’s not about talent, but the motivation to learn.” http://t.co/OvmgDCax

Research questions Bell Curve: a few top performers typically carry the rest: http://t.co/os4lyAr3  and http://t.co/E8Y6FE1k

Post questioning long-held assumptions about the link between early US gifted education and the space race: http://t.co/XuRFGC7p

Coincidentally, a post on historical development of US gifted education that cites the influence of Sputnik: http://t.co/r7PKyMai

Grit: http://t.co/Bau3tzbN

The rapid expansion of AP courses isn’t entirely a good thing: http://t.co/X6p42t68

Delisle opposes Olszewski-Kubilius positioning of US NAGC http://t.co/7KfPYF87  They must hold giftedness AND talent development in balance

Still a Square Peg and a Round Hole: http://t.co/QkACHEmC

Moving Beyond Achievement: Nurturing Skills Necessary for Success in a Global Environment: http://t.co/xpYPviPX

New blog post on acceleration for gifted http://t.co/HckYJcD0

Just what is gifted and talented: http://t.co/0b8gaJ8I  – Curate’s egg

London Zoo Fish 2 Courtesy of Gifted Phoenix

Related Education Issues

Fair Access to HE

GiftedPhoenix: HEFCE boss Langlands continues to highlight threat of AAB policy to social mobility despite BIS pressure: http://t.co/8KRLo9Bn

DfE has published details of the Dux events at RG universities: http://t.co/uWXoLc8n  – schools have only until 27 April to register

OK I’ve been on my Dux Tour: http://t.co/uWXoLc8n Wish I could say all 20 RG universities had really pulled out all the stops…

Are your students thinking? How can I choose my “Dux” from Year 9? http://t.co/YZcMi2Ca  – Thanks for the mention!

Revealing post by @xtophercook on relative chances of rich/poor admission to Oxbridge http://t.co/trLFB3vC

New research on elite college admissions in the US: http://t.co/oAQSu3I1

Steven Schwarz says fair access is all about schools: http://t.co/VlN7vbsr Disagree. It’s a cross-sectoral issue

The Economist on Teach First HEAPS provision supporting HE progression for disadvantaged gifted learners: http://t.co/wfJ1hcp3

Announcement on AAB cap in 2013-14 due by 30 April: http://t.co/dGHL9C9s

Apropos AAB cap, Willetts must catch up with Gove’s plans to make A level grades more demanding http://t.co/hhA4OadS

Willets defines fair access as meritocracy, admitting ‘those who can perform best at any given university’ http://t.co/hhA4OadS

National Scholarship Programme guidance for 2013-14 to be released by HEFCE tomorrow (19 April): http://t.co/hhA4OadS

BIS writing to HEFCE and OFFA seeking ‘a shared strategy for widening access’ to secure VFM: http://t.co/hhA4OadS – some co-ordination then!

Overall, the Willetts treatment of the fair access issue manages to beg more questions than it answers: http://t.co/hhA4OadS

RussellGroup: Our view on David Willetts’ HEFCE speech: liberated (AAB) places must go further next year http://t.co/IteLaRca

Mail continues to deride the Willetts line on fair access: http://t.co/iuVwz0LQ probing at the fault line between DfE and BIS

Oxford’s UNIQ scheme: http://t.co/Qte5xodV

HEFCE’s Provisional Allocations and Guidance for the 2013-14 National Scholarship Programme: http://t.co/MoxNySs4

OFFA’s guidance on producing Access Agreements for 2013-14: http://t.co/gq7qHKyF

Anti-Willetts piece opposes his support of potential-driven fair access: http://t.co/4saG7yjA  Worse, it was institution-specific potential!

Article on Cambridge University SU support for fair access: http://t.co/AB7aMt5l

When I found this website in development I thought PL might be developing a separate existence to the ST: http://t.co/sgnNIP1H

Become part of the Russell Group by recruiting lots more AAB students from independent schools: http://t.co/qcTD1mlu

Treasury fears have delayed announcement extending AAB market to ABB from 2013: http://t.co/DmZLMF4d

SecEd/ASCL guide for schools on meeting new ‘impartial and independent’ careers advice and guidance’ duty: http://t.co/Acu9jdye

Sutton Trust release on Oxbridge advice: http://t.co/WPYpkSrR – Why are schools less likely to advise Oxbridge than 5 years ago? Mmm

Sutton Trust research begs question (again) whether staff should ‘advise’ or ‘discuss’ Oxbridge application http://t.co/WPYpkSrR

A whole gamut of non-educational reasons why children from poor backgrounds may never make it to Oxbridge: http://t.co/FyJ7Bu0o

Rather unedifying that schools blame HE and HE blames schools over Oxbridge applications issue. WORK TOGETHER! http://t.co/FtyI3Nyl

Today is deadline for Dux awards registration: http://t.co/KtPMTUt7 If you have reservations, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

Stanford psychologist explains why meritocracy and diversity can be reconciled in HE admissions: http://t.co/ydsfIMRj

BIS on expanding uncapped recruitment to ABB http://t.co/ob31UMIe HEFCE on same  http://t.co/DzACneAW  NB ref to cautious estimates

What part should universities play in fostering academic talent? http://t.co/u32lftif   A big one, jointly with schools and colleges

There may be trouble ahead – @guildheceo on what the latest student number control policies might mean: http://t.co/32JRnpxQ

Looks as though Stirling as well as Keele has joined US Common Applications system: http://t.co/fLWp2OcU and http://t.co/0hI2LZsw

Target Oxbridge to mentor African/Afro-Caribbean students in Years 11 and 12. Will poor benefit?: http://t.co/yssOyoYE

Teach First HEAPS programme continues – though somewhat under the radar: http://t.co/Io6j4LE5

Are state schools biased against Oxbridge? http://t.co/Qg3k9kqu

Social Mobility

British Sociological Association conference papers on social mobility: http://t.co/wpEMmLmM (pp37-38) All resoundingly negative

A new social mobility strategy from Clegg? http://t.co/XEUtGMKT – Don’t we already have one of those?

Interview with Alan Milburn on social mobility ahead of his Spring Report: http://t.co/BrrkmYML

Milburn’s interview on social mobility in HE in the GMT e-newsletter: http://t.co/U5s6cuef – with commentary by @tessa_stone

Preview of cross-party social mobility committee’s interim report out Tuesday: http://t.co/yJVcn48d Doubt there’s anything new

So this interim report from the All-Party Parly Group on Social Mobility: http://t.co/Fe3Y9YYn – My verdict? Distinctly iffy

All-Party Social Mobility Group chaired by Hinds but members include the sainted Estelle, Field and Hodge http://t.co/Gx9hCzec

All-party Social Mobility Group has called expert witnesses including Barber, Lampl, Milburn, Woolf: http://t.co/Fe3Y9YYn (p3)

All Party Soc Mob Group convinced of importance of pre-HE attainment; dares not utter ‘contexualised’:  http://t.co/Fe3Y9YYn

All Party Social Mobility Group sees nurturing outstanding talent as distinct area of focus (hooray!) http://t.co/Fe3Y9YYn (p9)

All Party SocMob Group priorities for nurturing talent : a. ‘needs blind/assisted places/selective’ http://t.co/Fe3Y9YYn (p32)

…and b.  ‘internships/HE exposure, Top Programmes (D of E etc)’ http://t.co/Fe3Y9YYn (p32) Latter is especially impenetrable

Before its final report, the All Party Social Mobility group should call on the #bridgegroup and #gtvoice for evidence: http://t.co/Fe3Y9YYn

Blears on the cross-party social mobility report: http://t.co/MqHQAUb4

More on the all-party social mobility report: http://t.co/gbQ5li1O

And a third treatment of the all-party social mobility report: http://t.co/eWdoyDh7

CYPN coverage of the interim report from the All Party Social Mobility Group on which I opined yesterday: http://t.co/88EXmMBb

The Higher picks up on Lampl’s negativity re Government’s social mobility strategy: http://t.co/NmGT8ZS4  Clegg won’t be happy

Narrowing Achievement Gaps

US post contemplating the case for ‘middle class studies’: http://t.co/KjWAj6Ax – A topic in which England can lead the world!

DfE wants EoIs in the evaluation of the Summer Schools Programme for Disadvantaged Pupils: http://t.co/7C2DmXkT – deadline 17 April

Impact of the reduced subsidy for AP and IB exams on US disadvantaged gifted students: http://t.co/6BkZOQGy

Why does family wealth affect learning? Willingham: http://t.co/6SbFc79T

DFE has published the technical spec for 2013 Schools Census: http://t.co/WFVvSKNf – the ‘ever-FSM’ Pupil Premium means increased complexity

Narrowing the gap targetry is needed in my view, but weren’t Coalition supposed to be anti-target? Dangerous precedent: http://t.co/XEUtGMKT

But effective Narrowing the Gap targetry must be differentiated by attainment, not just national benchmarks: http://t.co/XEUtGMKT

Children’s Society costing of FSM eligibility for all on Universal Credit omits cost of extra Pupil Premium funding: http://t.co/pAMCWyxf

Slightly worrying growth in attainment gap at Level 3 between FSM / non-FSM students http://t.co/9q7Bxpo3

DfE SFR reports increase of 0.8% in FSM gap for 2+ A levels from 2010 to 2011: http://t.co/9jlrXFGU – Increasing A level demand will compound

Future First gets funding: http://t.co/nAcDtSDd

DfE to pilot Virtual Heads (a la looked after children) for Gypsy, Roma, Traveller children: http://t.co/p69W04Ds

Academies Enterprise Trust will be spending Pupil Premium funding on online tutors http://t.co/Jcnae77m – these in fact http://t.co/CP5PWr8M

Direct link to the SSAC Report on Universal Credit in which son-of-FSM options are explored: http://t.co/f7lqlfMi – Which is the least worst?

The Mayor London’s Mentoring Scheme for black boys seems to be in big trouble: http://t.co/TmJCm5vT

DfE Research: PISA 2009 How does England’s Social Attainment Gap compare with other countries http://t.co/4IVGI2bF and http://t.co/B111RuB0

JRF Review: ‘Widespread emphasis on raising aspirations…does not seem to be a good foundation for policy or practice’ http://t.co/YfYB9Iat

JRF Aspirations report ultimately frustrates: more promising ‘area-based multi-strand interventions’ excluded: http://t.co/YfYB9Iat

JRF Aspirations-raising report raises important questions about the efficacy of interventions like Dux: http://t.co/YfYB9Iat

LKMCo blog post on the JRF Aspirations-raising report: http://t.co/UHbLEcrf

Performance-Based Scholarships: Emerging Findings from a National Demonstration (US): http://t.co/7W8ckM8J

Telegraph on the PISA social attainment gap: http://t.co/caOeY9U2  – Data’s familiar but Telegraph accentuating the negative less so perhaps

The 80% of heads saying the Pupil Premium is being used to plug cuts will have to fabricate their published statements: http://t.co/g8B3SdiH

Twigg calls for clearer Pupil Premium accountability measures linking funding with achievement of specific pupils: http://t.co/9BTXlHoK

Evaluating the Pupil Premium – SecEd p9: http://t.co/EjOgMXps

Australia is investing in pre-school tutors to tackle disadvantage: http://t.co/Bk2Fkn2P

Selection

Pupil selection and curriculum content: http://t.co/5vp4c9cs – Ultimately the issue was and remains progression to HE and beyond

On the beta of  https://t.co/BQgzmSXO “Academies … can select pupils based on academic ability”

Bucks admits Truth that Must not be Spoken re 11+ bias: http://t.co/cj9x0XGo – Editor magics this into pro-academy spin http://t.co/xABpN0ZM

Love this grumpy report on a meeting of the Friends of Grammar Schools: http://t.co/8McGiYEb – I see Mr Gove dropped in again…

Grammar schools help poor children to succeed? Hmmmm http://t.co/MXZbYY5A

Is it entirely a bad thing that Kent’s state GS are seen as a better option than any independent alternative? http://t.co/0gTUGpni

That said, I still maintain that all GS should give priority to FSM-eligible candidates: http://t.co/0gTUGpni

This answer on the criteria governing split site/satellite schools is as clear as mud: http://t.co/g7AwPKJf (Col WA427)

At last! The Great Expectations publication from David Jesson for the Schools Network via @dylanwiliam http://t.co/L4tlS1Gx

‘Further work is in progress to extend these frameworks to more able pupils in all schools’ (Jesson): http://t.co/L4tlS1Gx

Grammar schools vary considerably in quality. Some are outstanding, and some really rather mediocre: http://t.co/mmFIRXeH

Admissions and School Places

BHA Press Notice about its legal action against Richmond over that new RC secondary school: http://t.co/O9OKrYaO

Here’s the projections data I’ve found: http://t.co/LiMlxMRy (p16) Looks like births peak in 2014, then decline to 2030.

I’m posting this Fraser Nelson piece on school places because I’m genuinely unsure what to make of it: http://t.co/9GWKaEVI

Have you seen the full version of the GLA Projections Methodology they mention in the summary here (p1)? http://t.co/2v99NWbK

I’m interested what happens when the numbers drop off again. I’ve been playing with this tool: http://t.co/f4UmRSFY

Academies

Welcome to the Academies ‘speed commission’: http://t.co/I4uiF6Zp   though the commissioners are a bit usual suspectish and speed = 9 months!

This article on Left Foot Forward says the Commission will be independent: http://t.co/gNP14h9u That should be in the remit

For me the biggest risk inherent in mass ‘academisation’ lies in wholesale disapplication of the National Curriculum: http://t.co/b6wXyEYr

Machin: ‘We do not yet have robust, academically rigorous evidence on [the impact of] coalition academies’: http://t.co/LB96bv45

Looks as though the enforced primary school battleground is shifting to Lambeth: http://t.co/lqDKLlv9

Not quite sure why the Government wouldn’t welcome the C of E as an academy sponsor with open arms? Indeed cherish it! http://t.co/Lqu2xyVf

Ben Bradshaw questions due diligence processes for academy conversion citing West Exe Technology College: http://t.co/5d8TGVYG (Col 8)

More about due diligence over West Exe Technology College’s conversion to academy status in written PQ form: http://t.co/D05FCriS (Col 92W)

30 PFI schools have converted to academies – the list is here: http://t.co/Ls4CZqlr  (Col 80W)

A fair amount of Downhills correspondence has been released in response to this FoI request: http://t.co/6rAdjTvP

A FoI has gone in requesting the Funding Agency report on financial management of the Lincoln Priory Federation: http://t.co/OO01upZl

Luton may or may not have three enforced primary academies: http://t.co/npCPeldY – The LA is denying it

In which @toadmeister ignores Machin’s plea – http://t.co/LB96bv45 – and applies old research evidence to new contexts: http://t.co/hQXgnAdW

Blog on Academies Commission: http://t.co/heMDrEX8 – Wondering if proof’s in the pudding or the pie: http://t.co/1fPYsf9t

I must do my bit to advertise the reliance of Durand Academy on PR worth £200K: http://t.co/R3wpxBvw – Never believe the hype

More on the Seldon/O’Shaugnessy academies partnership http://t.co/QWp0KxB5  Positive Psychology’s worth £5m investment but SEAL is ‘ghastly’?

Dunford on middle tier http://t.co/KmDy8Z6v For me the ideal model combines inclusive network and market elements; excludes new field force

EFA Framework Document para 1.4: ‘The EFA is not responsible for managing the performance of schools’: http://t.co/fdA3I8Rv

A ‘failure to distinguish between the autonomy of school leaders as expert educationalists and organisational autonomy’ http://t.co/AufyN73L

A Dover Academy HT has been appointed by DfE as a ‘short term intervention troubleshooter….superhead’: http://t.co/CJj6y49R

Guardian coverage of News International’s aspirations to establish an academy: http://t.co/1kSWcHyv – they weren’t welcomed with open arms

Leveson has published the emails concerning News International’s interest in academies and free schools: http://t.co/VIr7KZhg (KRM21 + 22)

Will we see the emergence of more academy chains specialising in AP institutions, or will they join existing chains? http://t.co/tWCxIeUY

Cawley’s appointment as Secford Exec HT after chairing consultation raises questions for Seckford: http://t.co/slsP9fCo

DfE has issued details and a statement of the financial investigation into the Priory Federation: http://t.co/UxuFGy8s

SOLACE Report: the Championing Role of English Councils in Education: http://t.co/66XFqGKI

Director of Policy Exchange says phase two of the Govian revolution is all about chains http://t.co/xFRQCISA

Michael Rosen twists the knife over accountability and transparency in relation to failing/problem academies: http://t.co/Qqeju3cI

DfE’s FAQs on academy chains with helpful powerpoint slides: http://t.co/UlqJBJuL

Have I read correctly? Seems to be no body overseeing complaints about academies? http://t.co/TfV4u75B

128 academies will have to pay back an average £118K LACSEG by July: http://t.co/gcL2VGV4 (TES)

Christine Gilbert thinks school collaboration can fulfil the missing middle tier role: http://t.co/g7t0QxtQ – devil’s in the detail

NAHT has agreed a match-funded pilot with Government to support schools at risk of forced academisation: http://t.co/mCPYJLM7 (at end)

More from NAHT about their planned role in school improvement: http://t.co/qLQo4fNW – conference has to agree first

More Downhills papers released by Haringey in response to FoI: http://t.co/eLcRaa0c  – interesting

Free Schools

The NUT’s free schools dossier: http://t.co/pzt0Xtlg – presumably release of impact assessments is to inform potential judicial reviews?

Direct link to NUT’s analysis of free school costs: http://t.co/eXHWZekz – which they will no doubt revisit quarterly

DfE Q and A: ‘The S/S would not automatically turn down a [free school] proposal simply to protect other local schools’ http://t.co/xC2uylZS

It’s the ubiquitous Rob Cawley again: http://t.co/2k30vQaM – Will he soar to great things or, Icarus-like, plunge down in flames?

Do you have to be pregnant to get into Field’s free school? http://t.co/1oex0f35 – Isn’t that selective?

Lisa Nandy: my response to Andrew Adonis on free schools in NewStatesman http://t.co/bAJXPpBo

Gibb say that data on FSM eligibility in free schools now in Commons Library http://t.co/iGf0t9Iq (Col 805W) but not yet in deposited papers

Leveson has probably asked DfE for full access to papers on the proposed Murdoch Free School in Newham: http://t.co/8i568nMF

Rupert Murdoch reveals meetings with Michael Gove over free schools http://t.co/ObHLLo1F

NUT take umbrage at the idea of a News International-sponsored free schools – they want an enquiry: http://t.co/bPbonYdm

More on the London Academy of Excellence: http://t.co/7mcKBN4F – Insufficient excellence; insufficient focus on disadvantage. Fail

Kerry McCarthy on FSM in free schools data now in Commons Library: http://t.co/g4tY8snv It’s STILL not online however: http://t.co/ovW93Fk1

Seckford Foundation plan one manager for every 12 children. One Senior Leader per 30 children. http://t.co/z5fYokUY

The State of the NYC Charter School Sector 2012: http://t.co/M3pASMt3

In case you haven’t seen – Shanker blog on the test-based evidence on New Orleans Charter Schools: http://t.co/yGFsTEiz

More on New Orleans charter schools: http://t.co/OKzKrDpQ

NEPC study of US charter school spending compared with public schools: http://t.co/kHKHLpYc

he influence and impact of founders on US charter schools’ performance: http://t.co/lNJkCoBZ – Food for thought for free schools?

We should keep an eye on this combination of vouchers and charter schools in Louisiana: http://t.co/q7B7rUqx – it will surface here soon

Here’s the charter schools paper from the NZ Education Policy Response Group mentioned in the article: http://t.co/ePQJm5Fs

The intro gives context. ACT (tiny minority party) has agreement with National to introduce charter schools: http://t.co/hdmH9KGz

For me Ch4 is more important than Ch6. The former’s criticisms could be extended to the latter: http://t.co/ePQJm5Fs

The NZ Charter Schools working group has its own website here: http://t.co/AsycMkUM

London Zoo Fish 3 Courtesy of Gifted Phoenix

Independent Schools

Not sure what to make of this interview with Head of St Paul’s for Girls: http://t.co/DEyb7fKy  Is it a trifle smug and complacent?

Worthwhile (and much-needed?) HMC initiative to share schools’ pedagogical expertise with HE: http://t.co/aB6YgLF8

Martin Stephen says independent schools must evolve or face extinction: http://t.co/fXEIxGC2

Highlights of Independent Schools Council 2012 Census http://t.co/AXzdwRIK  As of now only 2011 census is on ISC’s site http://t.co/LSwe4Jv6

Private sector being squeezed: poor schools close; better ones become enclaves of overseas students, or academies!: http://t.co/ufXRKI2P

Curriculum and Pedagogy

GiftedPhoenix: Willingham-style FAQs on learning styles: http://t.co/wB5K1YrR

OFSTED notes ‘increasing autonomy’ over curricular decisions ‘may present some contradictions’: http://t.co/kK4I6uPW (para 70)

RSA worries whether teachers are equipped to exploit their new-found curricular freedoms: http://t.co/1oYYBR3G

A necessary focus on support for gifted learners is still missing from debate on computer science in schools: http://t.co/1XP8ljTa

Isn’t Williams responsible for RE not being in the EBacc, since he failed to organise a Bishops’ ambush in the Lords? http://t.co/hOUYtAcM

A broadly pro ability grouping presentation on Slideshare: http://t.co/dqHaayIA

Unusually sharp words from DFE on the decline in MFL GCSE numbers: ‘a national scandal’: http://t.co/h5sBU8Oz National strategy forthcoming?

Is there a particular emphasis on local issues? http://t.co/iCPYM0fU – If you’re right, are we looking at early May announcement?

Why no answers on detail of the NC review process? http://t.co/XVfSByVA

Paganism makes it on to the Cornish Agreed Syllabus for RE: http://t.co/t6XxmQfJ – and why not indeed?

Flexible ability grouping: http://t.co/6Zl2KiK8

NUT Guidance on the EYFS Statutory Framework: http://t.co/4mAOb6L1

Music education jobs under threat as announcement awaited on successful music hub bids, due early May: http://t.co/b6q40laF

Reaction to ICT disapplication exemplifies the downside of excessive curricular autonomy http://t.co/wCUp8tXj We need a ‘flexible framework’

Looks like the President of the ALL wants ICT-type curricular freedoms for MFL http://t.co/Zrq6eCPl – Interestingly the ICT lobby is less sure

DfE is commissioning research on the effects of the EBacc: http://t.co/9QDShPvU – EoIs to be submitted by Friday 27 April

A reminder of the weaknesses inherent in Chapter 8 of the Expert Panel report on mastery and NC levels: http://t.co/NCRgvTUQ

The problem of preparing teachers to implement the Common Core State Standards: http://t.co/6FQXmXGD – Prophetic of upcoming issues here?

Sentamu returns to the charge over RE in the EBacc: http://t.co/M5gIbVnu  – High time the developed an alternative REBacc?

Direct link to the Tombs report for Politiea on the history curriculum: http://t.co/9SJ5uZdJ – Do not read if of a nervous disposition!

Reaction to lazy newspaper coverage of the Politeia Report on History: http://t.co/Hkcy0G3Z

DfE next steps for EYFS http://t.co/A3zxDa8G

If there’s such a thing as ‘maths anxiety’ is there an equivalent anxiety for each other subject? http://t.co/DOaQud5U Unconvinced

John Holman says the Government won’t make post-16 maths compulsory http://t.co/7rvUZYIE – so what are the policy levers?

Interesting @theschoolsnet article showing they had an inside track on NC consultation: http://t.co/m4KaNpF6 – Should publish full evidence

NC Review must reconcile contradiction between dumping primary NC levels + rectifying ‘lack of pace and ambition at KS2 http://t.co/vucHB3rV

Music education hubs due for announcement today. I’m assuming the details will appear here: http://t.co/HM3hUkcu

Music Hub announcement reaction in West Sussex: http://t.co/DTtlwJ4Z and Brighton: http://t.co/AYMAhtJS

Some of the new music hubs are more hubby than others: http://t.co/Dq6TfBzj

Willingham on why learning to read English is hard (with map to prove the point): http://t.co/PERYjjR0

Assessment and Qualifications

A conservative defence of A level reform built upon Robert Coe’s research: http://t.co/5lwpGWKK

EoIs for the administration of PISA 2015: http://t.co/xrFLDdhi – deadline 27 April

OFQUAL has published undertakings by the different exam boards to improve exam paper quality and reduce errors: http://t.co/2TzapqEi

Harris Federation postpones IB for a year because of high cost and low take-up: http://t.co/8BiJajs7 – worrying sign

@mikebakeredhack asks the awkward practical questions about HE-led A level reform: http://t.co/9iAT0LhY

DfE’s Standards and Testing Agency seeks a ‘maladministration advisor’ http://t.co/8vm7hsNP ‘registrations by sole traders may be rejected’!

Julius Weinberg, VC of Kingston University, appointed to OFQUAL Board, along with Barnaby Lenon: http://t.co/CMoZTP1h

A whole mass of data showing the prevalence of qualifications equivalent to GCSEs in academies: http://t.co/jNZWIrTV (Col 535ff)

Background on the new KS2 Grammar Punctuation and Spelling Test for introduction in 2013: http://t.co/8ZCz47aV

FAQs on the 2013 Grammar Punctuation and Spelling Test: http://t.co/d8AF6U3z – includes provision for Level 6 (last Answer)

KS2 grammar, spelling and punctuation test under threat of NAHT boycott: http://t.co/CZiU5FeI

OFQUAL to impose partial ban on exam board seminars for teachers: http://t.co/KBm0g8Mv – will that eradicate the content tips? Not sure

OFQUAL has published its report on Exam Board seminars but, mysteriously, it’s password-protected Why? http://t.co/2oUET9Bx

Direct link to Nuffield Foundation study of maths content in A levels: http://t.co/YGLjaZHU  – SCORE report not up yet: http://t.co/EE5hQjEy

@emoorse01: My take on Mr Gove at the Education Select Committee: http://t.co/1xfnRbQx Didn’t he imply ditching levels wholesale?

Glenys Stacey refers explicitly to A level grade inflation http://t.co/4trGlr1n The Emperor’s now officially naked – there’s no turning back

The Stacey A level interview http://t.co/NGcbmxF7 – Raises the question whether changing too much at once brings diminishing returns

KS2 English writing – moderation: Level 6 exemplification guidance: http://t.co/tRzluRDd

@RealGeoffBarton: thoughts on the grammatical/stylistic characteristics of A* English students http://t.co/tP9Na4DP

Gove to Select Committtee Q225 ‘one area where I am very strongly persuaded…moving away from levels at primary school’ http://t.co/kNUEjm0i

Ed Week report on US pilot of a PISA-based test for schools (using PISA 2009 instruments): http://t.co/pvInNjXO – Is there an English pilot?

Whereas NUT would boycott phonics test if results go in league tables, NAHT would boycott if pass rate set too high: http://t.co/opwGe3Ci

NAHT also voted to disrupt new KS2 SPAG test: http://t.co/MRoLWHC4 and (along with ASCL) oppose loss of of AS Levels: http://t.co/G0X0LpJz

Black & Wiliam: Formative feedback key to better learning (50 blogs, 50 days on learning theorists) http://t.co/fURr4j9d

Accountability

There’s no one correct way to rate schools: http://t.co/n2E4phv2

Campaign for Science and Engineering suggests STEM kitemark for schools http://t.co/SuGDRQEj With gifted education element I hope

How might OFSTED react to a flipped classroom? http://t.co/XRm7SkHt – Perhaps we should ask them…

New blog on some league table findings, including progress measures, intakes, GCSE entries http://t.co/P7KE5Zx4

The author of the US study exploring the possible import of OFSTED -style inspection responds to his critics: http://t.co/XR7mN23C

Interesting parallels between this Harvard work in the US and the development of Destination Indicators here: http://t.co/PJZeRfC8

Jay Greene on PISA-type comparisons and the dangers associated with selection on an unvarying dependent variable: http://t.co/flP2vIok

DfE confirms publication of Destination Measures in July: http://t.co/EyeYsHbZ so correcting what Gove said to Select Committee

DfE’s Destination Indicators brief fails to clarify if HE indicators will show RG/Oxbridge separately: http://t.co/EyeYsHbZ

I’ve little time for ‘what right have they to inspect us’ sentiment re OFSTED, but hands off left-handed ticks! http://t.co/mIoIjrPO

Pearson on unlocking the power of education data: http://t.co/tpA7QVwp – Big questions as critical variables like FSM and NC levels disappear

309 schools inspected under new Framework 6-20 Jan 2012: 45% primary + 58% secondary inadequate/satisfactory http://t.co/qT1K8Gbe (Col 1239W)

It’s not just GS that should be judged on A*/A GCSE grades as per Jesson http://t.co/wowMSseK Gibb told Sel Ctee DfE is considering

Pro-OFSTED leader in the Independent: http://t.co/sLNLqwdq – Not sure the system is right if it arouses this level of antipathy…

So, allowing for risk assessment, it’s clear new OFSTED inspection regime is tougher http://t.co/PumspDvH  – and set to become tougher still

HMCI Wilshaw continues his rehabilitation process with the profession by adopting a more emollient tone: http://t.co/Hyia6DXU

TES on the mysteriously invisible Jesson Schools Network Grammar Schools study: http://t.co/jKQE3pg7

Wow – TES editorial gets close to agreeing with what I just said about OFSTED: http://t.co/QhV53aTA – wonders will never cease

NAHT on OFSTED survey results and plan for School View: http://t.co/DYNeHJNF – NB 90% unhappy with tone /content of OFSTED announcements

Progress on US national assessment instruments linked with the Common Core: http://t.co/vwbi6Sn7

Strong government rides roughshod over opposition; becomes weaker, offers concessions: http://t.co/RT6Wdowp – opposition exacts revenge

China’s blocking publication of national PISA scores; Schleicher gives an over-simplified explanation of Asian success: http://t.co/1QEOmSoJ

Teachers and Teacher Education

The new-style NPQH will have all the in-vogue bells and whistles: http://t.co/9ZMDsBuh – but what about the CONTENT?

Don Foster asks if about evidence that graduates with 1st class degrees make better teachers: http://t.co/5d8TGVYG (Col 11) – Answer No-ish

National Scholarship Fund for Teachers Round 2 Handbook: http://t.co/EX0Bf106 – same priorities (why not let schools decide?) Apply by 17/5.

Regional breakdown of funded training places for the national SENCO award, Sept 2009- March 2012: http://t.co/rf9lXWIo (Col WA371)

NUT Survey of SENCOs: http://t.co/9uuGo6Co

Today’s School Workforce SFR has a really handy table (12) giving headcount of secondary teachers by subject and KS: http://t.co/KM3H3BtJ

Given the state of graduate unemployment, it would be seriously worrying if teacher training places weren’t filled: http://t.co/SQJUNTcd

Useful account of current US debate on performance related pay for teachers http://t.co/xvR51M9p

Interesting re Teach First costs, which I hadn’t seen before, via @jpjsavage http://t.co/kgwh5XIF

Interestingly Lampl’s just said a. teacher effectiveness is a priority and b. TF isn’t scaleable http://t.co/NhpqWnaz

Education Select Committee calls for more research into qualities that support effective teaching: http://t.co/ZpzcCrMP (Para 42)

Education Select Committee misses a trick in not connecting prospective teacher spotting to social mobility http://t.co/oYgpQ3H3  (para 46ff)

Education Select Committee parrots the universal but rather uncritical endorsement of Teach First: http://t.co/6pVCSu8E (paras 64-66)

Education Select Committee Report very supportive of universities’ role in ITE: http://t.co/DBEwiuV6  (Para 67ff)

Education Select Committee critical of CPD – much taken by what they saw in Singapore but few new ideas: http://t.co/Y55961MX (para 92ff)

Charlotte Leslie calls for a Royal College of Teachers: http://t.co/1F9jxitc – aka a new engine of bureaucracy to replace the GTC?

One comment only on teacher performance pay: it’s a blind alley and a bonanza only for economists of education: http://t.co/YsJxl4Ht

Teachers and Performance Pay – Big Practical Obstacles to Overcome http://t.co/AN8A11Wr

Sadly it was only a matter of time before payment by results made the Atlantic crossing: http://t.co/q4zKuUIR – I repeat, it’s a blind alley

OFSTED analysis of responses to its consultation on inspection of initial teacher education: http://t.co/d6PVtmiR

New blog post: @beckyallen and Simon Burgess argue that teacher selection is the wrong way round: http://t.co/xpn5qKse

Here: http://t.co/bLNUwx8W Impact of Teach First on recruitment not very clear.

Evaluation of US pilot incentivising effective teachers to transfer to low-achieving schools: http://t.co/AUO8ufvo

Creating a Comprehensive System for Evaluating and Supporting Effective Teaching – Darling-Hammond et al: http://t.co/tnl7wnGa

Funding

First e-bulletin from the Education Funding Agency: http://t.co/Au6MgPVK

Is Administration Leaner in Charter Schools? http://t.co/unwOKm39 Michigan study says they spend relatively more on admin; less on teaching

Will Mitt Romney endorse vouchers as Republican education policy? http://t.co/msLyLbkx When will they resurface here?

I believe the capital constraints on free school expansion will help push school vouchers back on to the agenda: http://t.co/9WEHX4zE

Chapter and verse for DfE turning down the Truss idea of a funding premium for maths A level: http://t.co/5d8TGVYG (Col 16)

Various Year 5 Milwaukee voucher evaluations: http://t.co/xVVMFSS  and various NEPC critiques of same: http://t.co/RHWGqVHA

Yesterday’s Westminster Hall debate on School Funding: http://t.co/sMcXeOOh (Col 189WH)

Education Funding Agency e-bulletin 2 – http://t.co/WwvNLaGF

Central Government

The YouGov survey for NUT highlights concern at limited consultation over – and evaluation of – Government initiatives: http://t.co/qXUVo4Sw

Wilby bemoans the loss of what used to be called the ‘checks and balances’ in the education system: http://t.co/M37hEkVo He may have a point

The post that says there will be no SEN White Paper (and what there will be instead): http://t.co/UZUeuep4

If you make it into Michael Gove’s office, you can enjoy a painting by one Bernard Cheese: http://t.co/lLoSzgWL (Col 329W)

Direct link to new NAO Cross Government Review on Implementing Transparency: http://t.co/wglZqbWK

Guido and his acolytes have got hold of the Gove balloon story: http://t.co/2HwGEGVn

So DCMS could go to BiS who could then had over universities to DfE? http://t.co/Qte5xodV

Back to the Future, or the nostalgic strand of Coalition education policy: http://t.co/u3VgiN6A

The conclusions and recommendations of the Public Admin Select Committee on Strategic Thinking in Government: http://t.co/XFFZDryy

HEFCE has given its website a makeover: http://t.co/rjqVRjLc

Lib Dem proposal that education policy should be devolved to a partially elected Educational Council: http://t.co/oZdNZdIn Bureaucracy-heavy

DfE has published an updated ‘Myths and Facts for Schools’ document: http://t.co/BIxtgCoW

The Economist calls Govian reforms ‘brave’, ‘novel’, ‘risky’ and ‘bold’ – http://t.co/fQGJdej7  – Yes Minister

This handy Dods supplement to The House magazine covers the No 10 operation in detail, even including contact numbers: http://t.co/PtB8Gb1v

Here’s the Teaching Agency Business Plan for 2012-13: http://t.co/yLkHziMl

The National College Business Plan for 2012/13: http://t.co/paKyy6t3

Here is the 2012-15 Business plan for the Education Funding Agency, just published by DfE: http://t.co/tJHXqr4U

DfE has published the 2012-13 Business Plan of the Standards and Testing Agency: http://t.co/kcBOPTYa

14 DfE Free Schools and Academies Education Advisers’ named contracts are now on Contracts Finder (search on DfE): http://t.co/mWQ9Ue6W

Prophetic piece in the Telegraph just ahead of today’s elections: http://t.co/aPHHv9Jq  – Interestingly omits Johnson from ‘the NI crowd’

Uncorrected evidence – Gove to Education Select Committee 24 April: http://t.co/kNUEjm0i

Other Reviews, Research and Reports

AERA’s 2012 Annual Meeting has an interesting theme: http://t.co/tghdWJ5M – You can search online for papers here: http://t.co/6mHVKMFe

Eurydice Report on Entrepreneurship Education in schools across Europe: http://t.co/GO4QPsRV

New McKinsey study on Mobile Education: http://t.co/Mk8onoCn

A range of new ADCS studies on the role of local authorities in school improvement: http://t.co/FgrtFioa

Twigg, Devolution and Schools http://t.co/ap2UTmUv and Labour’s consultation document: http://t.co/IHXCxjmf

Direct link to new OECD study on socio-economic stratification between public and private schools: http://t.co/dPqawIkX – covers vouchers

IEA Study: Policy, Practice and Readiness to Teach Primary and Secondary Mathematics in 17 Countries http://t.co/Hepvd4F2 (excludes England)

EU (EENEE) study on equity issues in the economics of education: http://t.co/ITsvtVER

This Schott Foundation Report of inequitable education in NYC should inform the London Mayor’s Education Inquiry: http://t.co/HF3TiJ5v

Social Research Unit series of cost-benefit reports for children’s services, Investing in Children: http://t.co/GBnEHD6f

London Zoo Fish 4 Courtesy of Gifted Phoenix

Online and Social Media

Is blogging and tweeting about academic papers worth it? A UCL academic reports: http://t.co/cugXOjwM

How to set up and run a MOOC: http://t.co/axNTVzSe (Part 1 of 6)

A critique of the Minerva Project to create an elite online university from an unsurprising source: http://t.co/nGmxfRqh

Very useful list of 50 Best Sources of Free Education Online http://t.co/Mvot4fUW

Willetts speech today on open access research with support from Mr Wales: http://t.co/UIroFm8b – More power to their elbows on this

Willetts pe-empts his speech later on open access to research: http://t.co/AVBE9PWz

The full Willetts speech on open access to research: http://t.co/LQDyz5NL – Sound, but he’s clearly not a Twitter user!

Willetts Speech on Open Access: Analysis http://t.co/iiFHYFSq

Why academic publishers’ days are numbered: http://t.co/ucQjCZGu – How close are we to open access educational research?

The World Bank and the EU lend their weight to the drive for open access academic research: http://t.co/f1of3H5p

PA claims academic publishers earn their cut by ‘filtering’, ‘signalling’ and ‘amplifying’ research. No way Jose! http://t.co/Ro5rNNOz

Google search education – help your students become better searchers: http://t.co/7h66DKri

EdX – the Harvard/MIT partnership that will provide free online courses worldwide: http://t.co/CsT26lKA

The Virtues of Blogging as Scholarly Activity @mweller in The Chronicle – http://t.co/NLE9uww6

The Edublogger is conducting a survey of the educational use of blogs: http://t.co/un5g3HB6

A truly excellent and comprehensive guide to running a Twitter chat: http://t.co/gXdOzgDF

Miscellaneous

Progress on the RNCF’s Assisted Boarding Network: http://t.co/UMstzHyz – placing vulnerable children in boarding schools

I keep forgetting to commend Donald Clark’s Plan B Blog for his very useful series on educational thinkers: http://t.co/Z462JRO7

Done! 50 blogs in 50 days on learning theorists -Greeks to Marxists to present Psychologists http://t.co/h6g1QwTx

Deloitte offers to help HE provide a personalised student support service commensurate with higher fees: http://t.co/SCl9FQK9

Building excellence in education http://t.co/nhGjxowC For me not necessarily teacher-led but essentially collaborative, networked, inclusive

I’m having trouble deciding whether this US article on university dress codes is a parody: http://t.co/UGrsRRO3

What’s the average admin cost of a truancy fine recouped via courts or child benefit? Bet it’s more than value of fine: http://t.co/lEP3Zzzj

Academic repression of Emo subculture in Saudi Universities: http://t.co/Htd1yRbg  – Overly boyish female students thrown in for good measure

Shocked to see the great @DrPaulKelley has left Monkseaton http://t.co/3qHR5xaG – Parents unhappy new Exec HT wants to drop 2 GCSEs

At my school the be upstanding ritual was a superbly disruptive opportunity to scrape furniture across the floor: http://t.co/DNWk8izr

Goading the Stodgy Middle: http://t.co/cuSMkVfH  – Applying this to education would bring on apoplexy in many of my acquaintance

Catholic Education Service in trouble for pushing anti-gay marriage petition on pupils http://t.co/vVViUlR2

Brilliant Pink News editorial on the CES and anti-gay petitions including a telling ‘roles in reverse’ scenario: http://t.co/FV49RExW

Hope CES gay marriage investigations bring greater clarity on overlap between ‘religious’ and ‘political’ teaching: http://t.co/hmLkiATk

Stiff Brook/FPA letter about CES anti-gay marriage petition: http://t.co/l7ArfEvd  ‘this naked attempt…to induce bigotry and intolerance’

The Welsh verdict on the anti-gay marriage petition circulated by the CES: http://t.co/lB73NbRF  – schools not CES in the firing line

Educating Essex Deputy Head moves school…all the way to Brentwood: http://t.co/OL6h0JQs

BHA: no uncontested application for new school from a faith body rejected; just 6 of 39 non-faith applications approved http://t.co/fuc9mYhj

Direct link to NCB’s Beyond the Cuts report estimating children’s charities face cuts of £405m over 5 years: http://t.co/ZKmtRQbT

This report on public sector delivery is well worth a read if you can see through the symbolic merry-go-rounds: http://t.co/HKlKXkWP

Brief report and a topping photo marking the first meeting of Camden’s Partnership for Educational Excellence: http://t.co/hq6vkpO4

Government has offered Sandwell £1m if it will drop its legal challenge over BSF: http://t.co/b0TWQDJI

The official position on BSF judicial review out-of-court settlements: http://t.co/g7AwPKJf  (Col WA426)

Priority Schools Building Programme announcement due this month (May): http://t.co/qT1K8Gbe (Col 1239W)

Ever read a post and think – at last, a clear, succinct, balanced explanation? Try this on the economy by Colin Talbot: http://t.co/k03nrB76

US study on whether schools open too early: http://t.co/xKM7QjqJ – Ironically undertaken in Wake County (North Carolina)

Saudi Arabia is planning an ‘independent higher authority to evaluate school education’: http://t.co/u6Rm4JfL – A kind of OFSTED plus?

This makes an interesting read for Pearson watchers and education observers alike: http://t.co/GGrK6tvd

2011 CERP Literature Review on 1:1 Tuition online and offline: http://t.co/XpBLe7KU

Michael Rosen on schools for profit models: http://t.co/nPkdNa1r Asks questions re funding of Pearson School Model. Anyone have the answers?

Glatter reminds us of limited school effects and downside of a ‘no excuses’ culture: http://t.co/jViUXr6d – prescribes various panaceas

Estelle Morris rehashes the ‘standards not structures’ mantra (which I too hold dear): http://t.co/tu6hn7Q6

My alert system has only just picked up Twigg’s speech to the NASUWT: http://t.co/u53i9SzO

Q: What ‘s the correlation between shared ‘religious culture’ of a church school and its performance? http://t.co/IIeXemqz – A. Exaggerated

Q. Do students with water do better in exams because they’re hydrated? http://t.co/zgUZERiU  A. It’s probably a proxy for wider preparedness

Interesting argument for the rejection of evidence-based practice http://t.co/XXFB4AkD  which misunderstands the nature of national standards

GP

May 2012

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