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Presentations from The 3rd International Workshop on Curriculum Innovation and Reform

Members of the International Bureau of Education recently participated in the 3rd International Workshop on Curriculum Innovation and Reform: Changing Assessment to Improve Learning Outcomes, organised by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop). The International Workshop drew on

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Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development – Revolutionising the Way We Teach and Learn

Education stands at a historic point in time where the best of what we know about effective teaching is merging with exciting potentials offered by new technologies, tools, and learning designs. The result is a revolutionary new direction for educational

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Preparing teachers for inclusive education

One of the main challenges for teacher education is posed by the demands of inclusive education but little attention has been paid to this important topic. Global disparities in educational provision, and differences in teacher education and teacher qualifications within

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Scottish Education – The Front End vs The Back End

Following from my previous article, here are some random ramblings on Curriculum for Excellence. I’ll produce another article later this week with my concluding thoughts. Mixed messages and a lack of clarity around the broader implications that CfE brings to

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Addressing Socio-Cultural Diversity through the Curriculum

The International Bureau of Education is calling for preliminary responses to questions for its 5th annual e-forum, on the theme: Addressing Socio-Cultural Diversity through the Curriculum, which will be held between 21 November and 9 December, 2011. The e-forum, which is

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When is a school not a school?

I am currently writing an article asking the question – when is a school not a school? I have a bit of a ‘bee in my bonnet’ at present about Curriculum for Excellence – and whether the marriage to Scottish

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The Scottish Learning Festival – Dead or Alive?

This year’s Scottish Learning Festival (Twitter #SLF11) is likely to be one to remember – either for better or worse. To be held on 21st and 22nd September, the theme is Curriculum for Excellence: Learning, Teaching and Assessment, Making the

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Reporting Curriculum for Excellence Outcomes

Now that Curriculum for Excellence is under implementation, our First Year pupils are being assessed based on their experiences and their outcomes gained from the broad general education. If the terminology – Developing, Consolidating and Secure is new to you,

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Measuring the Impact of Education Reform: Developing an appropriate performance framework

I recently wrote an article which explored the concept of measuring education reform by developing an appropriate performance framework to analyse outcomes. Originally, I intended to write this in two parts, but instead I have integrated both sections into a single

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Egypt – Reflecting on Education Reform

Having concluded my ten day excursion to Egypt, here are some brief thoughts on the impending changes that the country faces, and how UNESCO has an important role to play in supporting further development. The Middle East and North Africa

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Post-16 Interventions – Global Discussion

The Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) is a function of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) mandated at the 2005 World Summit. Its purpose is to assess annual progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the implementation of other

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Learning & Teaching in 2011

Thanks to those colleagues who left comments or emailed me directly. I find it really useful to hear from those who practice on the front line; it’s very easy to lose sight of the practical implications when working nationally across

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Learning & Teaching in 2011 – What’s important & what’s not?

This is my last post for 2010! It seems a bit weird stating that I won’t write another until next year, though of course that isn’t far away! I have a favour to ask from you; although related to our

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Education & Service Synergy – Curriculum Change for the 21st Century

Following my recent series of articles on Service Synergy, I have produced a more dynamic document which pulls all the chapters together: The need for change Public value and living within our means A 21st century school – culture, structure

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Global Education News Hub

Though I have thought about it for some time, thanks to a colleague in The States, I have finally produced the Global Education News Hub. It’s still in its infancy and is very much a work in progress. The Hub

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International Bureau of Education – Toolkit on Curriculum Development – Submission of Interest

I recently blogged on my intention to submit a proposal for inclusion in the 2010 edition of the UNESCO-IBE Toolkit on Curriculum Development. I have now written my submission of interest and sent it into the Community of Practice. I

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How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better

I’ve just had a read through the McKinsey & Company report on How the world’s most improved school systems keep getting better. What an  interesting read! There are two versions; an executive summary and the full report – the former

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UNESCO-IBE Call for case studies – Submission of Interest

The UNESCO-IBE Community of Practice on Curriculum Development has recently announced a call for case studies for the 2010 edition of the IBE Training Tools for Curriculum Development – a Resource Pack (TTCD). The TTCD was developed in 2003 as

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UNESCO-IBE: CoP Paper on Assessment

  Annual E-Forum 2010: The Role of Assessment in Promoting the Development of Student’s Competencies 22 November Week 1 – Reflective Paper on Assessment in Scotland The following article is taken from my paper on Assessment which was recently submitted

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National Framework for supporting learners

Supporting learners within the framework A national framework for all practitioners and partners, in every setting, aiming to help in supporting learners from early years to positive, sustained destinations. The publication ‘Supporting learners – from early years to positive, sustained

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    Education Scotland carries out an annual survey of school staff and pupils to find out more about their use of digital technology in general and Glow in particular. This has been run most years in the last decade and it…Read more ›
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