Gifted Phoenix Twitter Round-up Volume 8


Here is my eighth monthly review of @GiftedPhoenix Twitter activity, covering the period from 9 May to 7 June 2012 inclusive.

My Twitter feed is almost exclusively dedicated to gifted education, wider English education policy and associated topics. These reviews provide a fairly comprehensive record, including virtually every Tweet that contains a link to an online resource. Apologies if any of the links are broken.

It feels as though the organisation of the record is now fairly settled. I have retained 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, concerned almost exclusively with developments in England and divided into several thematic subsections. There is some material of interest to gifted educators but this section also extends into wider areas of domestic education policy.

As ever, this is all my own work, though I have included a few modified tweets and 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. Otherwise this is a true record of proceedings.

The pictorial accompaniment on this occasion is provided by miscellaneous turtles and birds.

 

Gifted Education Worldwide

We really need an international summit on support for high-ability disadvantaged learners: http://t.co/GnW7hJ0v

Call for Proposals for 2013 World Gifted Conference is now open: http://t.co/NC6SVjH7

Gift Rap Newsletter June 2012: http://t.co/aTkT1ua5

 

Africa

A call for support for gifted learners from Rwanda: http://t.co/kky8KsxU

 

Americas

NAEP 2011 science report card: ‘scores higher than in 2009 for all but the highest-performing students'(p5): http://t.co/JoPvFxm4

Focus: Low income learners with Promising Potential http://t.co/dwRid5uh – on upcoming NAGC research summit

Not sure if this CEC/NAGC rebuttal to elimination of Javits is a new document. Thought I should post it anyway http://t.co/XKXvJiZH

Nice article by @anniemurphypaul mentions @DukeTIP: what schools can learn from summer camps http://t.co/4oGJmsjP

Non-subscribers can now read the full Ed Week article: Gifted Programs Aim to Regain Budget Toehold: http://t.co/GIqLKtBL

Nova Scotia is holding a Gifted Education Summit starting tomorrow: http://t.co/RyKYiLhl

There’s a strong focus on personalisation in the new Race to the Top criteria: http://t.co/0f9Hot2M

US NAGC’s National Summit on support for disadvantaged high-ability learners starts today: http://t.co/GnW7hJ0v We need one too!

Follow US NAGC National Summit on Low-Income, High-Ability learners at #giftedsummit http://t.co/ODwy7inG

EdWeek piece on US NAGC’s national #giftedsummit on disadvantaged gifted learners http://t.co/xTHPJzN7

Thomas Jefferson High School, STEM powerhouse, has apparently dumbed down its admission arrangements: http://t.co/lX4zaU0E

That National Society for Gifted/College Board deal for a SAT test in a summer school is causing complaints: http://t.co/qlC6jMTR

College Board now says Summer SAT at Amherst is pilot to evaluate the feasibility of such provision: http://t.co/90QXieFT

Row continues over College Board’s ‘pilot’ Summer SAT at a Society for the Gifted and Talented Summer School http://t.co/CwuWdRJA

College Board withdraws from its ill-judged Summer SAT deal with National Society for Gifted and Talented: http://t.co/N6TIsD8v

The ill-fated Summer SAT pilot wasn’t properly cleared by College Board senior management: http://t.co/YlMKHogm

 

Asia

Sri Lanka Daily News Editorial covers National Schools admissions reform to assist gifted disadvantaged students: http://t.co/R3kXlJ2B

Intense competition to enter Vietnam’s schools for the gifted: http://t.co/y6oiXu4v

‘People-founded’ schools offer competition to Vietnamese schools for the gifted http://t.co/2pwYJIrG

Israel has opened a new school for the gifted in Beer Sheva: http://t.co/9icNvxby – Half the funding is from a Montreal couple

Singapore’s education system pursues creativity: http://t.co/qpegi5BY

 

Australasia

New Zealand has produced a gifted students’ Needs Analysis Questionnaire http://t.co/BcBWEudB drawing on England’s former practice

Gifted through our eyes, by guest blogger Tracy Riley: http://t.co/zWBZ4sDR

Gifted Resources June newsletter and Winter Holiday programs news can be read online at http://t.co/cBC7JwtC

Celebrate NZ Gifted Awareness Week June 18-24 2012: http://t.co/mhENRqNZ

Join me on the 2012 NZ Gifted Awareness Week blog tour: http://t.co/vRaMzq5R

giftEDnz Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 2: http://t.co/WsjpTo1n

 

Europe

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

HB onderwijs Nederland: http://t.co/ociH5vcZ  Looks like the outcome of the schism in Leonardo? Follow @HBonderwijsNL

@DorienKok is now curating HB onderwijs Nieuws on Scoop.it http://t.co/KDoJQnYB  for followers of gifted education in Netherlands

Dag van de Hoogbegaafdheid as zaterdag http://t.co/59lARfNN

Innreach celebrates Dutch Day of the Gifted: http://t.co/LYAjH1OZ   Meanwhile, the whenabouts of EU Talent Day 2012 is a mystery

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

More from the excellent Krumelurebloggen: a gifted education question in the Norwegian Parliament on 16 May: http://t.co/VX4wyg5W

As recommended by Krumelurebloggen: a website containing Norwegian gifted education resources: http://t.co/82DGTxEi

Some Swedish gifted education websites and articles (commentary in Norwegian): http://t.co/d5cbQayV – courtesy of Krumelurebloggen

La politica educativa tiene algo que decir (1/4) Hablando a la Comision de Educacion http://t.co/93kzk6BX

Los cuestionarios de Rogers para la nominacion de los mas capaces. Padres y Profesores http://t.co/dwAWdYuV

Como te gusta aprender? Cual es tu actitud hacia la escuela y las materias?  http://t.co/EowjPqcr

Courtesy of @Begabungs I bring you an interview with Albert Ziegler in Turkish! http://t.co/AAwduIC0 – Real Tower of Babel stuff!

An article on gifted education that briefly references Portugal and Russia plus opinion from a Yale academic: http://t.co/v2DZCjsf

Belarus President Lukashenko promises renewed efforts to improve gifted education: http://t.co/yMQw4Tr0

 

UK

Useful background on school debating activities and competitions: http://t.co/3Box0cB5

Well blow me down! They’ve gone and published the Wilshaw speech and it refers to ‘stretch[ing] the most able’ http://t.co/RacrpURx

One might read this endorsement of Hunt’s patronage of The School Games as damnation with faint praise perhaps?: http://t.co/wJw2vnB8

Templeton funds Centre of Character and Values at Birmingham University http://t.co/R6s5e0bt  He does gifted too. £1m for GT Voice would do

BIS is promoting http://t.co/WIvg6Sxk the IPO’s Cracking Ideas Competition: http://t.co/f8uybLnb  to find Britain’s young innovators

Lampl recognises we need to improve provision for gifted learners in state schools, but it’s an afterthought: http://t.co/Y6O0ShpX

Celebrating effective gifted education practice: Well done Burgate School English Department: http://t.co/JmtqAdno

IGGY is running a global gifted education conference in July http://t.co/pcJaMFrJ

IGGY Global and Gifted Conference 4 July: http://t.co/ZDRtpklY  – Rather idiosyncratic line-up that’s not in the least bit global

GTvoice Bulletin for May 2012: http://t.co/SkxBCJCt

Tony Sewell on involvement of university STEM departments with gifted students: http://t.co/MtzVuZV5

Parent complains at lack of gifted education support in Telford and Wrekin: http://t.co/sm7hMmUJ

@dpothin a Brazilian teacher in England is reading Eyre’s Curriculum Provision for the G&T in Primary School: http://t.co/ENwmxb1n

Gifted jobs: Student Talent Spotting Officer advertised at University of Leeds: http://t.co/04IjFlkl £24-29K

About half-way towards sourcing online and uploading all key English national gifted education documents here http://t.co/Dk3KIEVt

New and existing gtvoice members are cordially invited to register on our new website: http://t.co/Ollba1 So go and get connecting!

Registration’s open on our new gtvoice website, designed on social media principles. Come and give it a test drive! http://t.co/Dk3KIEVt

Stralsund Aquarium 2009 courtesy of Gifted Phoenix

Gifted Education Thematic


Twice-exceptional

Response to SEN Green Paper today http://t.co/Xe2RaP5V Personal budgets and an uncertain future for twice-exceptional learners

Nothing on Dual/Multiple Exceptionality in SEN Green Paper response: http://t.co/d9Mmrozf Possible focus for a special free school?

Twice-Exceptional Newsletter 25 May 2012: http://t.co/e94utdhh

Twice Exceptional Newsletter 29 May 2012: http://t.co/OuakTtjR

 

Creativity and Innovation

Christopher Chabris’  reply to Jonah Lehrer’s reply to his NYT review of ‘Imagine’ https://t.co/b86MSvK4

Creativity requires preparation and persistence http://t.co/8YgfG4Qy

 

Intelligence and Neuroscience

‘Infusion of amino acids isn’t necessary…for students in good health’ (Chief physician Chinese nutrition society): http://t.co/Tml9xMFc

China: ‘State grants a 10-yuan subsidy for amino acids to each graduating senior’ taking the gao kao: http://t.co/HbbdAOyq

Learn something new – your brain will thank you http://t.co/ohDvByud

Willingham – http://t.co/jYQosJoR – summarises Nisbett et al on latest intelligence research:  http://t.co/acL9jrwG

Does Personal Intelligence Exist by Mayer, Panter, Caruso (courtesy of @sbkaufman) – http://t.co/QtH6whhQ

Do you need intelligence to be successful? http://t.co/dGksRiTB

No evidence of intelligence improvement after working memory training – a randomised  placebo-controlled study http://t.co/ZIuEXH6p

Edweek on brain plasticity: http://t.co/eev7Erxq

 

Commentary and Research

Twitter for Gifted Education Support and Information: http://t.co/lIjmq6Pp

Transcript for last night’s #gtie “Gifted Children and Boredom” http://t.co/hoNng58Y

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

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

More on multipotentiality: http://t.co/Q8fT6GGr

Gifted Education: A Dilemma: should gifted programmes foster humility? http://t.co/R9Lu1TSi

How building talent can turn an economy round: http://t.co/R70DTL91

‘High Learning Potential’ what does it mean?… http://t.co/U2SxXlGz

Part 2 of the Belle Wallace hexalogy – this part on diagnosing multiple abilities: http://t.co/69YsCOwm The Common Core and gifted education: http://t.co/dmc5Eiad

On gifted children versus gifted education (unified in gifted development?) http://t.co/05VPYtli (There’s still the G word though)

WORLD GIFTED 2013: Reflective Practice http://t.co/HGLednAO – Welcome Elaine!

Roeper School news release on the death of Annemarie Roeper: http://t.co/e0ipugWn

Kantengerber on Delisle on Olszewski-Kubilius on US NAGC on talent development: http://t.co/9CZc3jmk

More about test anxiety in gifted learners: http://t.co/WfynSyij

Parents of Gifted: 10 Ways Parents of gifted can help their teens: continued http://t.co/QabSdlJa

I support @MaryStGeorge ‘s plea for inclusion of high achievers in gifted community: http://t.co/1rVCvBdK so no ‘whiff of elitism’

Gas Station Without Pumps on online courses: http://t.co/6qSNIdGh  and AP for talent development: http://t.co/2D8uyWu6

InnReach Shares: On Giftedness and liking…Physics http://t.co/uJgvVGnW

A post questioning if there are 2-way benefits to peer learning between students of higher and lower ability http://t.co/yMr57958

House must be part of eternal play v learning early years debate. Holding back gifted learners is anathema: http://t.co/RAFBpKPK

I don’t know whether Carol Ann Tomlinson’s work would be relevant? US focus obviously http://t.co/Yumcew5A

Wondering if you’d also be interested in cluster grouping approaches: http://t.co/Dqklasvp

How to help Gifted Children?- An Interview withKaren  B. Rogers http://t.co/ELTAujZR

Thinking more deeply about how I nurture and teach students who demonstrate giftedness: http://t.co/shI7hnxQ

None of us lives up to our potential – a thought-provoking post from the Deep End: http://t.co/TnVQ4Qjs

Stereotype threat and growth mindset: does it matter if we’re lying to students? http://t.co/4lCOAxuv

Erin is preparing to ‘dive headfirst into a huge project’ in gifted education. She explains why here: http://t.co/a6kPoVS8

Parents of Gifted: 2. 10 ways parents can support gifted learners http://t.co/RDBr09kV

Transcript of today’s gtchat on global gifted programmes is up at http://t.co/zd6DlOtS

Ruegen Goose courtesy of Gifted Phoenix

Related Educational Issues

 

Fair Access to HE

US investment in Upward Bound supporting progression to HE by disadvantaged young people: http://t.co/duq3gpqG

Will Clegg’s social mobility blitz show any progress against DfE’s own impact indicator: FSM progression to RG/Oxbridge? http://t.co/8xtZgd0U

Why didn’t Gove’s social mobility speech update Oxbridge FSM entry data? Oddly DfE indicators now say no data ’til 2013 http://t.co/8xtZgd0U

David Bell puts some distance between himself and agreed Government policy on contextualised HE admissions http://t.co/dls5uLIX

Oh dear, that’s a big decline in Oxbridge success at Mossbourne! http://t.co/NmYWdF2p – The pressure’s on for 2013!

GiftedPhoenix: Is Clegg proposing a student premium in place of the National Scholarship scheme and HE Access Agreements or on top? http://t.co/yBDxf9mR

If he’s proposing a student premium alongside existing support that’s a recipe for confusion: http://t.co/yBDxf9mR

If he’s proposing a student premium in place of existing support, he admitting that support isn’t working: http://t.co/yBDxf9mR

The ideal way to increase mobility to competitive HE is via a holistic, funded programme targeting learners from Year 9 http://t.co/0mAe9FoZ

Is it a pious hope that greater transparency over HE quality will support fair access by diversifying choice? Probably http://t.co/ZoirShWZ

Pam Tatlow suggests Clegg’s student premium would be funded from existing institutional WP allocations: http://t.co/CM0Uikio

New indicator shows gap between state and independent progression to selective HE; it masks stalling of FSM progression http://t.co/MIK0y58y

I predict DPM rues the day he chose AAB grade A level gap as an indicator: http://t.co/fyLz2HeD (p35) Won’t Ofqual reforms tend to widen it?

Sideswipe at Gove by Clegg: contextual admissions ‘painted by some as a dangerous piece of revolutionary socialism’: http://t.co/4Yb9hgUE

OFFA has opted diplomatically for faint praise, unsure whether BIS and DfE fully endorse yesterday’s Clegg speech: http://t.co/Gr81dNAM

The BIS letter to HEFCE and OFFA on establishing a joint strategy for widening access to HE: http://t.co/2hW6IBLc

OFFA and HEFCE identikit press notices on joint WP and fair access strategy: http://t.co/jCZa1Rzi and http://t.co/JlSapqEr

What’s Your Feedback on the Dux Awards Scheme? http://t.co/FPeRBTl6

Some scepticism about the Student Premium concept in absence of further detail: http://t.co/BKpIv5Id – use of FSM indicator will be an issue

Scots universities taken to task over poor record on fair access: http://t.co/uvdLrNLV

A bit more on Scots fair access: http://t.co/txvR9M07

Here is the NUS Scotland data on fair access to Scots universities: http://t.co/jjL3TVzr

 

Social Mobility

Collection of All Party Social Mobility Group resources: http://t.co/hfllAFD5  Still think ‘stars to shine’ theme needs attention

Thoughtful Policy Exchange piece on the influence of home environment on social mobility: http://t.co/Xc3QaJAb

Brighton College speech is oratorical tour de force, even includes the term gifted http://t.co/hHssxOks But not much progress to report yet

The new National Council for Careers: http://t.co/Eslgjd4z – that line-up promises a full and frank exchange of views!

Michael White writes well on social mobility but what’s his point? Laissez faire? http://t.co/eyVgWHRZ

So Gove was Clegg’s warm-up man on social mobility: http://t.co/eGhN6sA7 But nothing new here to counter Lampl’s open criticism

Another elephant in the social mobility room is that Universal Credit plus no NC levels eliminates our key indicators: http://t.co/ciTPPPKT

EHRC critical of Treasury for failing to assess equality implications of EMA withdrawal http://t.co/xuhYhTfy  Better never than quite so late

So Clegg to announce on Tuesday the publication of indicators referenced in Social Mobility Strategy (p77) http://t.co/eWOasPHK

So much for the tracking system – the real issue for Clegg is whether the indicators are showing any improvement: http://t.co/LYsCA0PW

Curious how Clegg will present new National Curriculum as an instrument of social mobility given academy exemption: http://t.co/tdSGL6nP

How can social mobility through vocational routes be key to Miliband when they’re mostly shunned by the middle classes? http://t.co/MSfkcCmh

The Miliband speech on social mobility – http://t.co/bqy9Gxx0 – fairly vacuous really. Still no specifics

Direct link to the new set of 17 Social Mobility Trackers published today: http://t.co/KWA8tM8U

Direct link to today’s Update on Progress on the Social Mobility Strategy: http://t.co/fyLz2HeD

Very brief mention in Social Mobility Strategy update for prioritising FSM admissions (p 19) http://t.co/fyLz2HeD

No real attempt in Social Mobility Strategy update to position new National Curriculum as a driver http://t.co/fyLz2HeD (p20)

SocialMobility Strategy update suggests any HE Premium to replace National Scholarship Scheme: http://t.co/fyLz2HeD (p29)

DPM has published extracts of the Clegg social mobility speech today http://t.co/4Yb9hgUE  – not sure why we don’t get full text

Social Mobility and Education Gaps in 4 Anglophone Countries: from Sutton Trust Social Mobility Summit: http://t.co/8RDCRMI9

Glad to see Sutton Trust will be publishing a Report on its rather exclusive Summit in due course: http://t.co/MJI5SZlT

Rarely do articles make me angry but this one did: http://t.co/x4BFAnYN Let’s not worry about the clever kids because they’re less important

This pushes the vituperation-ometer for Clegg’s social mobility drive to a new high: http://t.co/PcxPAmQq – Steady on old chap!

Policy Exchange on social mobility indicators: http://t.co/BzxWdtNL – not to mention no FSM to RG/Oxbridge measure and abandoning NC levels?

Helping poor clever kids out of deprivation isn’t a ‘new soft left alternative’; it’s long been embedded in socialism http://t.co/jeLDPgfT

More social mobility cynicism: is this anti-social mobility or just anti-Clegg? http://t.co/xGnfCNxj

Belated link to the Million+ /NUS Report ‘Never too Late to Learn’ on social mobility for mature students: http://t.co/sqitGHh4

Don’t disagree with: http://t.co/AkfV8k1f  Tackling the excellence gap and fair access should be a ‘quick win’ but progress is scant

Postgraduate education and social mobility: http://t.co/rIWwlfJY

Clegg/Milburn embody the fault lines with Government social mobility strategy over impact of inequality http://t.co/lHSXdvKp

Milburn social mobility in professions report later today will castigate medical schools: http://t.co/CHicn92o

Direct link to Milburn report on fair access to the professions: http://t.co/KSdEYZl0

New Milburn report is evaluating progress against his former report to Labour. Is Coalition fully signed up to that? http://t.co/KSdEYZl0

Bridge Group welcomes Milburn Report on Fair Access to Professional Careers Press Release at http://t.co/0Nhvlf8Q

Milburn still wants national programme to support early aspiration for professional careers http://t.co/KSdEYZl0 (p66)

Milburn is quite strongly critical of Coalition careers reforms: http://t.co/KSdEYZl0  (p67)

@tessa_stone takes Milburn to task for neglecting IAG as a conduit for social mobility in the professions: http://t.co/JwbPY1oq

 

Narrowing Achievement Gaps

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

EEF is hiring a Grants Manager – £42K pa, deadline 15 June, more information here: http://t.co/qzgy4Gcl

Not sure it’s entirely a triumph for Clegg that only two-thirds of secondaries have signed up for summer school money http://t.co/aCEGPJL5

Will 50x £10K bonuses light schools’ fires when a third failed to collect their share of £500m summer school funding? http://t.co/shYIJuHr

OFSTED pressure and incentives for teachers to work in high-gap (but not high FSM) schools might support Pupil Premium: http://t.co/rKoS6LUz

Direct link to Clegg’s Pupil Premium speech which he is delivering now: http://t.co/BfszneYk

Clegg: asking STRB to extend beyond academies flexibility to pay teachers more for narrowing gaps using Pupil Premium: http://t.co/BfszneYk

Clegg ‘…this isn’t just about glitz and glamour,,,’ (referencing his £10K awards for schools): http://t.co/BfszneYk

Clegg anounces Pupil Premium awards arranged with TES for top 50 schools that have done most to narrow gaps: http://t.co/BfszneYk

Clegg floats idea of teachers undertaking Pupil Premium-related research with universities: http://t.co/BfszneYk

Clegg says EEF will invite school groups to bid for transition funding to support disadvantaged Year 7s: http://t.co/BfszneYk

OFSTED will be providing Clegg with regular (public?) reports on progress schools make in closing the gap http://t.co/BfszneYk

Why is there no reference in Clegg’s list of Pupil Premium measures to FSM admission reforms he trumpeted last year? http://t.co/rKoS6LUz

So nothing in Clegg’s Pupil Premium speech about prioritising FSM admissions or about improved FSM progress to Oxbridge http://t.co/BfszneYk

Clegg’s last education speech: Free schools must aim to have at least same proportion of FSM pupils as local average: http://t.co/EWdZheIM

@xtophercook ‘s twin ‘graphs of doom’ inject a dose of cold statistical reality into gap-narrowing debate http://t.co/fx9pAoxh

The pupil premium needs a harder edge if it is to succeed. New blog post on Clegg’s speech today. http://t.co/qAjLnR9M

Looks like Clegg’s given Education Endowment Fund £10m of new money for Pupil Premium gap-narrowing transition projects http://t.co/Q8tP5VSR

Anna Vignoles on Pupil Premium: http://t.co/vo8ioNDC  – Manages to be vaguely sceptical without nailing any colours to the mast

Hints already of disagreement between Clegg and Milburn over the ring-fencing of the Pupil Premium: http://t.co/gX60EX9x

DfE has started a library of Pupil Premium evidence notes: http://t.co/oai8qDHa  – Might have been idea to invite discussion around them

This Hallgarten Pupil Premium post begs the question why are SEN personal budgets tied to each learner; PP budgets not? http://t.co/ZDEZ7AiR

There’s no way DfE could prevent schools using the Pupil Premium for 11+ coaching, nor should they want to: http://t.co/Rf8rzXxH

Centre for Social Justice urges guidance on effective use of pupil premium; free schools to prioritise FSM admissions: http://t.co/IrTQ0rIu

Changes in the proportion of FSM pupils progressing to 6th form, 6FCs and FEIs – 2006-08 to 2010-11: http://t.co/CJqDBkpQ  (Col WA33)

Unusually full and informative PQ reply about DfE guidance on use of the Pupil Premium: http://t.co/0XUcVWks (Col 404W)

21.5% of FSM-eligible pupils  got 1+ A level at A*/A in 2010-11 against 35.3% non-FSM, so 13.8% gap http://t.co/11zB4JWy  (Col 610W)

Direct link to today’s Centre for Social Justice Paper on Rethinking Child Poverty: http://t.co/8X9os8KW

Baltic Swans courtesy of Gifted Phoenix

Selection

Very pleased you shared this fascinating report. Pleased to see it’s available online now too: http://t.co/L4tlS1Gx

Continuing the litany of Mail articles pushing for return of grammar schools: http://t.co/L6tJYkTq -That’s a dead horse you’re flogging mate

It’s the turn of Nadine Dorries to give the dead grammar school horse a jolly good thrashing: http://t.co/iI4wW8Qs

LOTS more words from Peter Hitchens He’s in denial but the Grammar School horse will no more feel the flick of the whip http://t.co/qJwfcen6

Come on Cleggy! Grammar schools could be engines of social mobility if only they were made to prioritise FSM admissions http://t.co/I7cLiuQr

A pro-selection leader in the Independent: http://t.co/oy5XaxFW Reforming the selection process of existing GS is the top priority

Grammar schools and social mobility – a Northern Ireland contribution to the debate: http://t.co/JJK2vboc

Just caught up with @xtophercook on grammar schools: http://t.co/M033wnyN

Would new grammar schools be acceptable if there were entry (and exit?) points at 13, 15 and 16? http://t.co/2cK56jWh

A couple of blog posts re learning from grammar provision http://t.co/zIOHpPth

 

Academies

How the benefits of forced academisation could have been tested empirically: http://t.co/mkG3r8g2 – The EEF is ready to take it on?

Mike Baker hopes that the era of Academy evangelism may soon be over: http://t.co/BiF6jYNS

Interesting (though brief) exchange on inclusion of supportive quotes from academies in DfE press releases: http://t.co/cpIfdtya (Col 311W)

Direct link to the new Browne Jacobson Survey of Academies: http://t.co/7SkJFfFF  – compare and contrast with the Schools Network version

Could the Downhills Interim Executive Board have done anything to avert the strike? http://t.co/Um07QFTn

This exemplifies why both SEN admissions to academies and dual exceptionality are issues requiring attention: http://t.co/aXWqnpL9

The Brum strike over forced academisation has been called off because the Council’s changed hands: http://t.co/VLNWQG9q

GiftedPhoenix: The EFA’s Procedure for Dealing with Complaints About Academies: http://t.co/U2osu9t8

The Steiner School Movement – an alternative approach with powerful friends: http://t.co/MyXnBYOE

UTC’s Press Notice giving the full state of play on the ones approved, open and opening: http://t.co/Myq4I47U

ICO  decision notice on Durand Academy FoI case: http://t.co/rfPDD5GX  (FERO413288) – requires partial release

SSAT enters new era with a management buy-out: http://t.co/YjaKiXvT

More background on the phoenix-like rebirth of SSAT: http://t.co/lhrsNaKG  A move from those swanky Millbank offices must be on the cards

TES adds detail on SSAT buyout: http://t.co/C8oTrhhI – downsizing to 70 staff, £10m budget; moving out of Millbank offices costing £1.4m pa

UTCs probably not scalable in the currently crowded schools market, especially given their cost: http://t.co/WeknrBUo

Coventry LA applying for judicial review over enforced academisation of one of its schools: http://t.co/LB3094c1

 

Free Schools

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

Yorkshire Post updates on faith and creationist free schools in the Y+H region: http://t.co/2kWepXkV

So Seckford decides it can manage without a headteacher in Saxmundham FS after appointee withdraws http://t.co/qXshw1zU

Revealed: Stour Valley Free School gets £1.4 Million funding for pupils it doesn’t have http://t.co/TBtsBsb2

 

Independent Schools

Govian sleight of hand in pretending independent schools are confirmation of the weakness of state provision http://t.co/sGqQQh3X

Lampl still pushing open access; doesn’t he need to focus on quality of teachING rather than quality of teachERS?  http://t.co/Y6O0ShpX

Crazy Lord Lucas piece on Sutton Trust Open Access idea http://t.co/2MxGEXwe  When did Gove signal support? Where would Labour find the cash?

 

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Hanushek argues the Common core is a distraction because states with strong standards tend not to get strong results: http://t.co/44pSvCXV

Guardian article about Sheffield’s Music Hub: http://t.co/uZW7PSbT

Wise words from the US on why we should steer between the Scylla and Charybdis of curricular prescription and autonomy: http://t.co/red1EADR

DfE plans shortly to publish an overview of research on writing: http://t.co/6vHEsnPA  (Col WA67)

Anyone found this Labour policy review document on speaking skills? http://t.co/9yoAaWQb  – Can’t find it here: http://t.co/9ohqOjle

Here’s that Labour policy document on Speaking Skills http://t.co/3lNUDT0m  Thin, with horrible colour clash but it mentions gifted

Points to 12 June or thereabouts? A 12-week consultation with 6 over holidays is already stretching the code http://t.co/A61QarPf

OFSTED Maths Report Highlights Underachievement of Gifted Learners http://t.co/sKNRa2kN

Britain’s maths shame – Mail version of yesterday’s Telegraph ‘fail’ story: http://t.co/KF1HMEiH

‘Bright children failed by poor maths lessons’ is Telegraph take on the Ofsted maths report: http://t.co/YaG1yp2d

 

Assessment and Qualifications

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

Schleicher moves his PISA roadshow on to Scotland: http://t.co/hK8rX9ZQ When will politicians begin managing our expectations re PISA 2012?

Ofqual’s Annual Qualifications Market Report 2012: exam fees cost £328.3m in 2010/11, up 8.5% on 2009/10: http://t.co/3Ks3dw6r

The Mail switches its sights on to school marking policies: http://t.co/6vjur2ng  – It was only a matter of time

Comment on that Daily Mail article about school’s not correcting spellings. Riddled with errors. http://t.co/f62xgcG6

Ofqual international comparisons study: http://t.co/ui6V6hVw – Not sure how this will secure ‘international comparability of…standards’?

Key dates and resources for KS2 Level 6 tests: http://t.co/83pJBWCW

New info on Key Stage 2 level 6 mathematics test http://t.co/VVmh2SyW

Seems odd that a KS2 pupil must be L6 in reading + writing to be L6 overall when that’s not true of L5? http://t.co/WYucPa3p

What’s Your Feedback on Key Stage 2 Level 6 Tests? http://t.co/SAEbq40B

‘The Department for Education is withdrawing from involvement in A levels’: http://t.co/dCk8MyS3  Not sure that’s viable in the longer term

Direct link to the Edexcel Report: Leading on Standards: Our Next Steps: http://t.co/ppZwg0Sv

Pearson proposes an Independent Review of Educational Ambition: http://t.co/ppZwg0Sv  which should address able pupils’ progression

Here’s the Ofqual Corporate Plan: http://t.co/98Km8OuP implying fewer GCSEs as well as possibly fewer grades. Lacks a proper timeline

Interesting ref in Ofqual’s plan to international comparative studies of end KS2 assessment in light of NC review http://t.co/98Km8OuP (p18)

Given that we’re discussing GCSE reform, let’s throw back into the mix the Integrated Programme a la Singapore http://t.co/7TGfd9qP

There’s long been an expectation in parts of HE that A levels should all be taken together http://t.co/GXy2TGnf It needs addressing

Telegraph scare story is really about the proportion of students awarded different grades in different jurisdictions: http://t.co/teY56bPq

This PISA-based Test for Schools blurb says UK trials were planned http://t.co/zTOlAJFc  Still curious to know why they didn’t happen

Ahead of a CBI Education Inquiry, Cridland endorses GCSE-free options (like Singapore’s Integrated Programme perhaps?): http://t.co/IFhyHXPY

Spot the contradiction in Cridland’s para beginning ‘This is about raising aspiration and ambition for all…’ http://t.co/nsBDKk7R

Foi Response providing the number and percentage of students achieving ABB+ at A level by school: http://t.co/JumQqYKq

Now why would 5 separate bodies refuse to comment on why the Kingsdale Foundation investigation has taken so long? http://t.co/rj5PbHrQ

 

Accountability

The mobile phones issue is secondary – what really matters is how confrontational Wilshaw appears in today’s keynote: http://t.co/ciPbwmvR

Wonder if Ofsted will publish this latest Wilshaw speech… http://bit.ly/JYxgf8  – No, probably not

Agree with National Grammar Schools Association that a 5 A*/A GCSE measure should be applied universally: http://t.co/wAUi2igG

PM’s letter says from June 2012 but I can’t find any more specificity on DfE site: http://t.co/6mUZMubd

Many Hands make light work (can you see what I did there?): http://t.co/eXTugHuM  – HMC close to presenting themselves as part of the problem

A big thank you to OFSTED for publishing their consultation responses alongside the press coverage rather than after it http://t.co/huzSMPbj

OFSTED to publish revised key judgement indicators in June: how will new emphasis on progress work without NC levels? http://t.co/huzSMPbj

 

Teachers and Teacher Education

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

Why assessing teachers’ performance on the basis of pupils’ performance may be bad news for high attainers: http://t.co/iiuLp3IN

Direct link to the new PISA paper ‘Does Performance-Based Pay Improve Teaching?’  http://t.co/V2AWalEi

The idea of cutting heads’ pay if they choose to ‘export’ a poor teacher to another school is simply unworkable: http://t.co/a7zqjmr4

Bashing the best ever teacher force runs counter to the fine principle of intervention in inverse proportion to success http://t.co/6C7T7ec3

Report of the launch of the Teacher Development Trust: http://t.co/yQ08IngL

A robust but reasoned critique of the recent Select Committee report on teachers: http://t.co/TOU7QFgC

DfE’s STRB evidence is a bit unbalanced: it barely mentions the problem of isolating individual teacher performance: http://t.co/ipv6GV9M

Annual funding for the Graduate Teacher Programme since 2007-08: http://t.co/a7f2GGB7 (Col 212W)

Ratio of acceptances to applications for servicepersons applying to teacher training http://t.co/a7f2GGB7 (Col 213W) Better screening needed?

Is there an offset between class size and teacher quality? http://t.co/AwRK28JZ  – Neglects some other important variables

DfE is seeking EoIs from those capable of providing non-cognitive assessment tools for entry to initial training: http://t.co/9mAVGt3J

NASUWT/NUT Joint Declaration of Intent: http://t.co/uMEvEzXZ – Maybe not mission critical but another straw added to the camel’s back

 

Funding

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

Kelvin Mackenzie is advocating vouchers: http://t.co/yHBTLWMG – he won’t be the last

I’m wondering what the budget is for SEN Personal Budgets? http://t.co/Xe2RaP5V – Is it really uncapped?

LSE Commentary on 2011 study ‘Does Additional Funding Help Urban Schools?’: http://t.co/tqyiNn7Y

Central Government

DfE sets out the key provisions of the Children and Families Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech: http://t.co/Gic2WfN0

DfE’s latest quarterly data summary against May 2011 Business Plan: http://t.co/8xtZgd0U Guess we should see May 2012 Business Plan shortly

Education-heavy Liz Truss profile: http://t.co/0wB8e2MC – fuels the reshuffle speculation

The new colour-coded Whitehall, in which DfE is orange: http://t.co/SkygB6Q8 – half way between red and yellow?

Conclusions and recommendations from Public Accounts Committee on DfE: http://t.co/GsXX0RJY Confused responsibility for vfm in mixed economy

Labour’s education policy review follows Government in examining practice in the ‘highest performing jurisdictions’: http://t.co/SDV2RypI

David Bell today: HE needs a united voice http://t.co/0QfJocoR Yesterday: Contextualised admissions are wrong. HE to DfE in Reshuffle? Sure

Looks like an interesting Education Select Committee session on 13 June on Administration of the DfE: http://t.co/oRai7ywJ

Seems like Lord Adonis has decided he isn’t that keen on the Coalition’s education reforms after all: http://t.co/lZLIatZb

DfE records around 100 off-payroll contracts, many being academies educational advisers: http://t.co/qujoZnCX

OFSTED’s return on off-payroll contracts isn’t quite so extensive: http://t.co/EEIk2LCG

To complete the set, Ofqual’s also been quite handy with off-payroll arrangements: http://t.co/z2MNbqx2

@Andrew_Adonis: Significant intervention: There’s a state of warfare between Number 10 and Whitehall http://t.co/vKxxFbLO via @Andy_Buck

UK policymaking outsourced: the curious case of adoption reform: http://t.co/VO5tbRHl

New Department for Education Business Plan http://t.co/aKjFYzjq

Version of new business plan on DfE site seems slightly different: http://t.co/K8kS4KCs (but no clues on timing of NC review consultation)

Adrian Smith on the way out of BIS: http://t.co/NUaP9KDe

 

Other Research, Reviews and Reports

American Principles Project paper argues that the Common Core is a waste of time: http://t.co/urkr1GR6 – Nonsense dressed up as research

The McGettigan study for the Intergenerational Foundation: False Accounting: Why the HE Reforms Don’t Add Up: http://t.co/FcCU4btp

The Centre for Social Justice report card on Government policy – gives education reforms 7 out of 10:  http://t.co/IrTQ0rIu (p6-7)

Australia is investing Aus $54m in this Report’s recommendations for strengthening the STEM pipeline: http://t.co/GBDNyJXV (NB for 16-19 FS)

Direct link: Non-native Speakers of English in the Classroom: What are the Effects on Pupil Performance? – http://t.co/16ET0rUI

Link (not currently working) to PAC report on Free Entitlement to Education for 3 and 4 Year-olds: http://t.co/gL5rb7G4

The Center for Public Education: Searching for the Reality of Virtual Schools: http://t.co/ZPq1Hg6i

This looks like a useful compendium of research and practice in improving student motivation: http://t.co/4OH4fRyq

Mitt Romney’s Education Policy – http://t.co/Bn3OMEXv – quite vouchery…

US National Center for Education Statistics: The Condition of Education 2012: http://t.co/XKQ7Ohy8  – all the latest indicators

 

Online and Social Media

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

The Access for All model of Open Access Publishing is preferable to the Article Processing Cost model: http://t.co/F4vKvxVj

Kerslake:  Civil service must ’embrace social media…engaging with staff and public at all stages in policy process’: http://t.co/1PhznUrs

Twitter looking to work closer in the UK public sector http://t.co/PTMFUqTW via @BBCNews

 

Miscellany

Yong Zhao: How America Can Out-Educate China: http://t.co/AbZ626Li  – Fun

Sir Ken Robinson’s post on passion: http://t.co/ty3M91Sy – he’s on the money with the ‘hint of castanets’

These Universitas 21 rankings of HE by country are salutary: http://t.co/ArJ5T9ga – UK falls down on ‘resources’, just below Iran!

A reminder that, despite OECD evidence, Chinese education isn’t as equitable as we might imagine: http://t.co/okHeunYT

Have you heard the one about the Secretary of State, the Catholic priest and the Torygraph tweeter? http://t.co/0YyiIBTv

I can’t find anything else to say about this bible business that others won’t say better: http://t.co/3WAeQi1o

I see that DfE’s web editors have pulled out all the stops for the King James Bible (vanity?) project: http://t.co/8rxobazc

I presume the ITT for the National Citizen’s Service 2013 will appear here later: http://t.co/z4m2iCVT

The evaluation arrangements for parenting vouchers will show whether or not this is back-of-envelope policy making: http://t.co/ZPxIzNmv

Lords oral PQ on teaching parenting skills in schools: http://t.co/bwjTnQAN (Col 531)

Is Gerard Kelly auditioning as Wilshaw’s press minder? http://t.co/4gxBXPVR Or is he cross because he can’t get TES to bed until brunchtime?

MIT economists have launched a School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative (SEII) – http://t.co/AZTAl8Sj

Heath Monk begs the big question whether the practice of outstanding schools is substantively transferable http://t.co/6UkDSpzT

DfE: Press notices on the changes to SEN support for 2014 http://t.co/jbaZ7ijD

Are special needs reforms being rushed so they’re in place before the Election? http://t.co/XhHvckLu  – Beware the powerful Lords SEN Lobby!

Another senior OFSTED person pictured leaning against a wall, feigning insouciance: http://t.co/fLqNIWPg – only men seem to do this?

Is your school on the priority school building approvals list published today? http://t.co/TrKxRzuC

Tom Watson is upping the ante on Sandwell BSF FoIs: http://t.co/5RV4D297

New Labour ‘Partnership Into Power’ consultation document on education and skills: http://t.co/qIVI7XfA

I have no comment on the great Bible giveaway except, indirectly, by referring you here: http://t.co/GsaemZbz

Why Singapore education is successful (and why we shouldn’t import their solutions): http://t.co/aC6jaDbV

Interesting Gibb speech to Voice: http://t.co/MfVHblph -‘Autonomy’ and ‘freedom’ predominate; ‘support’ is reserved for learners’ behaviour

FoI response in which DfE admits that it doesn’t know the cost of making a SEN statement: http://t.co/WmhQdmaL – Rather surprised by that

Progress report on US Education Department’s Place-Based Strategy (policy alignment a la Harlem Children’s Zone): http://t.co/uTo4Xc1V

 

GP

June 2012

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