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Branding democracy: let’s start in schools

Chris Smith, Student Impact Coordinator, SSAT writes… ‘Don’t bother voting’. This is Russell Brand’s message to us all. Brand’s recent interview with Jeremy Paxman has caught the public attention. Receiving praise, derision and serious political commentary in almost equal measure.
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Reflections on JFK

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive SSAT, writes… I was watching television with my grandparents on Friday 22 November 1963 when coverage was interrupted to announce that President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, Texas. I was stunned – Kennedy
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SSAT and core mathematics

Nicola Garratt, Programme Manager SSAT, writes… Elizabeth Truss announced in October that core mathematics qualifications will be introduced from September 2015: but what does this mean for our post-16 students? At present around 50% of pupils do not continue with
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SSAT and Outsell, Inc.

SSAT is working with Outsell, Inc. to produce a survey which investigates attitudes to e-learning in UK state secondary schools and the delivery of online and face to face teaching in the physical classroom in post-16 education. All participants will be entered
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Why educate?

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive SSAT, writes… Why educate? is the title of the first chapter in Dylan Wiliam’s pamphlet – Redesigning Schooling – 3: Principled curriculum design – in which he discusses the purpose of education. Dylan believes there are
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Sue Williamson on principled curriculum design

A follow-up to Sue’s first video message, this film introduces Dylan Wiliam’s Redesigning Schooling pamphlet Principled curriculum design. Dylan’s pamphlet is the third in a series of nine pamphlets and provides an insightful exploration into curriculum design and how the national
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‘Badgers move the goalposts’

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive SSAT, writes… What an amazing headline and story – a government minister’s excuse for not meeting targets. An even better excuse than my dog ate my homework. As a teacher, my sympathies are with the badgers. 
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