Press Release: Unleashing Metro Growth should be a source of innovation in public services

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 2:25pm

The City Growth Commission report Unleashing Metro Growth, published today, raises some interesting questions and sets out some practical solutions for driving growth at city level. But it misses a critical opportunity to radically reshape how our cities can thrive. The real potential of devolution for growth lies not just in the creation of new, more localised governance structures but in the empowerment of citizens and those using local services. Only by using...

I am a 5b: Keeping Rigour but Removing Judgements using REAL Projects.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 10:01am

Blog by Joe Pardoe, humanities teacher at School 21, Newham

What do we actually mean when we say ‘rigour’?

When I first started to develop REAL projects in my classroom a big concern of mine was rigour. I started to ask myself the question, what is rigour? Traditionally the sign of learning in a lesson would be the amount of work produced. If students produced a lot, it was seen as a visible sign of hard work in a particular lesson. However, what about the conversations the students were having? Isn’t working through a range of ideas to come up...

Hardening Up the Soft Skills

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 9:44am

Blog by Kay Flewelling, REAL Projects Classroom Coach

Data driven conversations sometimes leave a sour taste in my mouth, I’ll be honest. It’s something about how they turn my students — with unique names and faces and stories — into an anonymous percentage. I want to shout, “No, they are human! Not just a piece of a pie chart.” But while I have this visceral reaction, I can also acknowledge that 100% is a percentage that deserves my best efforts. I believe every single student deserves to learn skills so that they will be empowered not just to test well, but to make...