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A UK Education news, reviews and interviews programme.

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A UK Education news, reviews and interviews programme.

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The ED Files

Latest release on Feb 27, 2017

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 2b- Interview with Jack Marwood

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The uncut interview with Jack Marwood on Grammar schools.

Dec 07 2016

35mins

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Rank #2: 2 - Mind your grammar!

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Mind your Grammar The show has blogs and links; a book review; edu news and views and two interviews on the grammar schools debate. Both the interviews will be available in full in The Ed Files Uncut later this week.   Sponsors and Partners Thank you to Aston Microphones for supporting our show. Thank you to Innovate My School for helping promote our show. If you are interested in sponsoring us please let us know. Feedback Please give feedback by replying to our message on Anchor here or by using #theEdFiles on Twitter or in our group on Facebook. Or just feedback straight to use via this page - click and record - it is as simple as that. Click here to give us feedback  Mailing List To join our mailing list to be notified of the upcoming episode - please subscribe here.   Show Notes Your hosts are Alex Weatherall and Leon Cych. Tonight's show feedback Gerald Haigh https://twitter.com/geraldhaigh1 @Whatonomy https://twitter.com/whatonomy/status/793975822709297152  Felicity Sandral https://twitter.com/FelicitySandral/status/798417902076620801  Blogs and Links Teaching Morals in schools http://www.justschoolscollective.com/  Mike Cameron's The Social Contract https://cogitateit.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/the-social-contract  News Round Ofsted information from Sean Harford https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/572048/School_inspection_update_November_2016.pdf  ITT numbers Low for Physics and Computing. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/572290/ITT_Census_1617_SFR_Final.pdf  Rachel Wolf's article http://www.conservativeeducation.org/news/rachel-wolf-we-must-now-focus-what-goes-inside-classroom  DFE's grammar school tweets - "The attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers is virtually eliminated in selective schools" https://twitter.com/educationgovuk/status/800641910398472192  "Selective Schools are almost 50% more popular than non-selective schools when comparing a parent's first preference for their child" https://twitter.com/educationgovuk/status/798929945854701569  Evidence given to the Education Select Commitee on Grammar Schools - featuring Becky Allen and Nick Gibb http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/education-committee/selective-education/oral/42974.html  Letter to Stats authority https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Letter-from-Ed-Humpherson-to-Jonathan-Slater-111116.pdf  Scrooge and Jacob Marley Feedback form - Correction It was the Local Schools Network not School's Week - apologies to Janet Downs. http://www.localschoolsnetwork.org.uk/2016/11/dfe-short-survey-on-grammar-schools-accepts-response-from-scrooge  Carpet Time Sarah Ledger https://twitter.com/sezl  reviews Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard http://www.shakespeareontoast.com/ by Ben Crystal Interviews on Grammar Schools Leon interviewed Dr Becky Allen https://rebeccaallen.co.uk/  from Education Data Lab https://educationdatalab.org.uk/  Alex interviewed Jack Marwood who writes at Icing On the Cake http://icingonthecakeblog.weebly.com/  Niki Kaiser https://twitter.com/ChemDrK/  talking about Science Journal Club for her A-Level students.   Thank you for listening to the Ed Files, follow us on twitter @TheEdFiles  

Nov 27 2016

1hr 32mins

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Rank #3: 1a - Interview with Katharine Birbalsingh

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Leon got an hour to interview Katharine Birbalsingh at Michaela School in Brent.   This is the full interview that forms part of Episode 1 - Can you handle the truth? Feedback via the usual channels. Please note: the section on behaviour has had edits to ensure students are unable to be identified. The edit may appear to show that Katharine is being inconsistent when talking about the one exclusion at the school in 3 years. We would point out that the exclusion was not for bad behaviour.

Nov 13 2016

51mins

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Rank #4: 1 - Can you handle the truth?

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Can you handle the Truth? This week's programme has a feedback section from listeners; a review of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers by all the teachers at Michaela School; Playing with Fire by Mike Fairclough. Leon has been to Michaela school to interview Katharine Birbalsingh about the book - he was granted an hour's interview. The whole hour's interview will be released shortly. So you're getting 2 programmes for 1 on our very first show. Alex covers the current news and Leon is out and about again interviewing teachers and why they go to teachmeets. The show invites feedback and comments - in audio form if possible - you can do this by using an audio recording app on your phone or using the Anchor.fm app. If you want to feedback on twitter just use the hashtag #theEDfiles. Happy listening and don't work too hard preparing for the new week. Alex and Leon Sponsors and Partners Thank you to Aston Microphones for supporting our show. Thank you to Innovate My School for helping promote our show. If you’re interested in finding out about other TeachMeets or events run by Bloomsbury Education, please follow them on Twitter @BloomsburyEd Feedback Please give feedback by replying to our message on Anchor here or by using #theEdFiles on Twitter or in our group on Facebook. Or just feedback straight to use via this page - click and record - it is as simple as that. Click here to give us feedback   Mailing List To join our mailing list to be notified of the upcoming episode - please subscribe here.   Show Notes Your hosts are Alex Weatherall (the physics teacher) and Leon Cych (the consultant). News item about the Bomb Disposal Unit performing controlled explosions on 2,4-DNPH in schools. ASE chat discussion on twitter - Storify. The DfE posted Nick Gibb's DNA comment and Alex went to town. The DfE posted this now deleted tweet: Tony Parkin's graph in response. The Department for Education webpage Good School Places where you can find the consultation document. The vote to expand charter schools in boston and environs has been beaten. Mike Stuchbery reviews Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers: The Michela Way and Playing With Fire: Embracing Danger by Mike Fairclough Katharine Birbalsingh - head teacher of Michaela - go visit the school The full 1 hour interview with Katharine is here. Pictures of the school   Thank you for listening to the first official show of the Ed Files, follow us on twitter @TheEdFiles  

Nov 13 2016

1hr 37mins

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Rank #5: 0 - The pilot: I want to believe.

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Leon and Alex introduce themselves, the podcast and discuss their plans; Alex discusses a nerdy use for Workflowy, Leon demonstrates his subconscious love for a Radio 1 DJ and they both share ideas and news from the week. This show is sponsored by Aston Mics   (unique UK professional microphones). Leon uses an Aston Origin in his broadcast.  Feedback Please give feedback by replying to our message on Anchor here or by using #theEdFiles0 on Twitter or in our group on Facebook. Show Notes Your hosts are Alex Weatherall (the physics teacher) and Leon Cych (the consultant). An example of Alex's book reviews at Schools Week. We want feedback on Twitter and also via the Anchor app.  We have organised ourselves using the following nerdiness: WorkFlowy and Slack Here's how to write a phd paper using Workflowy and LaTeX And here is how to pronounce LaTeX (Alex does pronounce it correctly). The founder of Maternity Teacher Paternity Teacher is Emma Shepperd Here is Tom Bennett's guest blog on creches and here are Leon's two blog posts about MTPT from this week (1), (2).  The video Leon posted is here:   The Maternity Teacher/Paternity Teacher Project from Learn 4 Life on Vimeo Leon started out on his web-chat journey with CU See Me back in the late 90s  This is Chris Moyles but we're really talking about Chris Moyse who has made these brilliant resources: Research in 100 Words Here is the article by Jonathan Simons from Policy Exchange about killing the "Education for All" bill. The education department want us to respond to their latest ideas as detailed in this video on twitter and on their engagement webpage Good School Places where you can find the consultation document. Nick Gibb talking about education policy at researchED and answering questions about Grammar schools and selective education 2 days before the release of the green paper. The DfE's chief analyst, Tim Leunig, at researchED reminding us to respond to the consultation in a civil manner (towards the end of the video). Dr Becky Allen and Education Datalab on selective schools: A post by Becky from 2008,  All of Becky's Edu Datalab posts (most recent are on selective education) and Edudata lab research briefing on Grammar Schools. Jack Marwood - blogging at Icing on the Cake on selection by wealth and responding to Peter Hitchen's arguments Peter Hitchens on Twitter Definition of disingenuous for those questioning whether Alex said it the wrong way round (possibly). Thank you for listening to our pilot show of the Ed Files, follow us on twitter @TheEdFiles  

Oct 30 2016

51mins

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Rank #6: 5 - Assessing Assessment

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Assessing Assessment In which Leon and Alex discuss why we've been off air; a bit of feedback including from Alex's nearest and dearest; our move to SoundCloud for our uncut interviews (let us know what you think); why Alex is joining a hip new choir; Daisy Christodolou's new book on Assessment; Comparative judgement with Christian Bokhove; some blog based book reviews; some education articles in the news and a bit of a rant; and some non-negotiables with another rant. We also have another book review. Sponsors and Partners Thank you to Aston Microphones for supporting our show. Thank you to Innovate My School for helping promote our show. If you are interested in sponsoring us please let us know. Feedback Please give feedback by using #theEdFiles on Twitter or in our group on Facebook. Or just feedback straight to us via this page - click and record - it is as simple as that. Click here to give us feedback  Mailing List To join our mailing list to be notified of the upcoming episode - please subscribe here. Show Notes Your hosts are Alex Weatherall and Leon Cych. Tonight's show notes    Making Good Progress - Daisy Christodolou https://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-Good-Progress-Assessment-Learning/dp/0198413602 Daisy Christodoulou on twitter: https://twitter.com/daisychristo Daisy has blogged about her book here: https://thewingtoheaven.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/making-good-progress-the-future-of-assessment-for-learning/ Christian Bokhove on twitter: https://twitter.com/cbokhove Christian has blogged about Daisy's book here: https://bokhove.net/2017/02/13/notes-on-making-good-progress-summary-blog/ No More Marking: https://www.nomoremarking.com/ Using Comparative Judgement to rank Physics concept statements https://readingforlearning.org/2017/02/07/using-comparative-judgement-to-rank-the-importance-of-concepts/ Quirky Teacher's blogs on books  Making Good Progress https://thequirkyteacher.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/making-good-progress-a-primary-teachers-perspective/ Cleverlands https://thequirkyteacher.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/cleverlands-in-a-nutshell/ Cleverlands by Lucy Crehan https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cleverlands-Secrets-Success-Education-Superpowers/dp/1783522739   Becky Allen's article on reliability of Ofsted http://schoolsweek.co.uk/ofsted-inspections-are-unreliable-by-design/ George Monbiot in the Guardian  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/15/robots-schools-teaching-children-redundant-testing-learn-future Carpet Time Music - Fretless by Kevin McCleod - CC Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg - review by Cat Campbell https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BBA6FOI  Partner message Thank you to Innovate My School for helping promote our show. Here are some upcoming events: The events are targeting all school leaders in the Hackney (1st March), Manchester (7th March) and Birmingham (15th March) areas for our three events and want to direct school leaders to www.innovatemyschool.com/upcoming-events Non-negotiables https://twitter.com/Mister_Shiney/status/830440390444580864   Thank you for listening to the Ed Files, follow us on twitter @TheEdFiles  

Feb 27 2017

1hr 56mins

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Rank #7: 4 - Matrix Resolutions

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Matrix Resolutions In which Leon and Alex forget 2016, compare notes on their new year's resolutions, discuss knowledge organisers, review some news, chat a little about AI and listen to a review (Teach Like a Champion 2 by Doug Lemov from Emma Shepherd) and some views from 3 attendees of the Association of Science Education conference. Sponsors and Partners Thank you to Aston Microphones for supporting our show. Thank you to Innovate My School for helping promote our show. If you are interested in sponsoring us please let us know. Feedback Please give feedback by replying to our message on Anchor here or by using #theEdFiles on Twitter or in our group on Facebook. Or just feedback straight to use via this page - click and record - it is as simple as that. Click here to give us feedback  Mailing List To join our mailing list to be notified of the upcoming episode - please subscribe here.   Show Notes Your hosts are Alex Weatherall and Leon Cych. Tonight's show notes  John Tomsett's new book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Matter-Improving-Mental-Health-Schools Knowledge Organisers https://pedfed.wordpress.com/2016/12/30/using-knowledge-organisers-in-primary/ https://michaelt1979.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/on-knowledge-organisers/ https://teachinghow2s.com/blog/advance-organisers https://pragmaticreform.wordpress.com/2015/03/28/knowledge-organisers/ Curriculum 1987 https://twitter.com/PXEducation/status/818900380088238080 Amanda Spielman's first comments  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/01/09/grammar-schools-distraction-says-new-chief-inspector-schools/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw Rachel de Souza's piece in the Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/01/10/need-second-revolution-teach/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw Carpet Time Music - Fretless by Kevin McCleod - CC Emma Sheppard https://twitter.com/maternityCPD  reviews Teach Like a Champion 2 by Doug Lemov.   ASE Comments from @hrogerson et al.   Thank you for listening to the Ed Files, follow us on twitter @TheEdFiles  

Jan 16 2017

1hr 18mins

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Rank #8: 3a - Interview with Yana Weinstein

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Whole interview with Yana Weinstein

Dec 31 2016

41mins

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Rank #9: 3 - The Ghost in the Machine

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The Ghost in the Machine The show has blogs and links; 3 book reviews - The Confident Teacher by Alex Quigley, What every teacher needs to know about  Psychology by David Didau and Nick Rose and  GCSE Religious Studies for Edexcel A: Catholic Christianity with Islam and Judaism Student Book by Andy Lewis; Edu news and views and an interview with Professor Yana Weinstein. Sponsors and Partners Thank you to Aston Microphones for supporting our show. Thank you to Innovate My School for helping promote our show. If you are interested in sponsoring us please let us know. Feedback Please give feedback by replying to our message on Anchor here or by using #theEdFiles on Twitter or in our group on Facebook. Or just feedback straight to use via this page - click and record - it is as simple as that. Click here to give us feedback  Mailing List To join our mailing list to be notified of the upcoming episode - please subscribe here.   Show Notes Your hosts are Alex Weatherall and Leon Cych. Tonight's show feedback Coming Soon... Yes, Prime Minister - The Ministerial Broadcast Blogs and Links Learning Scientists Learning Styles by Charlotte Pezaro Jonathan Simmons on the Civil Service Cleverlands by Lucy Crehan The Life Scientific - Richard Morris The Life Scientific - Roger Penrose Carpet Time Music - Fretless by Kevin McCleod - CC Tom Starkey https://twitter.com/tstarkey1212  reviews The Confident Teacher by Alex Quigleyhttp://www.theconfidentteacher.com by Ben Crystal Interviews Leon interviewed Professor Yana Weinstein one of The Learning Scientists Ben Davies reviews Andy Lewis's RE text book GCSE Religious Studies for Edexcel A: Catholic Christianity with Islam and Judaism Student Book   Thank you for listening to the Ed Files, follow us on twitter @TheEdFiles  

Dec 11 2016

1hr 49mins

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Rank #10: 2a - Uncut interview with Becky allen

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This is the full uncut interview with Becky Allen about Grammar Schools

Dec 07 2016

36mins

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