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CGSE Modules

mod·ule [moj-ool] noun a separable component, frequently one that is interchangeable with others, for assembly into units of differing size, complexity, or function.

The current furore over a small reduction in GCSE English grades this summer presages a paradigm shift in the educational world.  For many years the steadily improving results at GCSE have been supported by the notion of modularity; the skills and content of any given subject can be broken down into smaller units which can be tested separately and at different times and the marks re-combined to give an overall grade. The notion proved popular. 

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Cats, Curiosity and Care

‘Curiosity killed the cat’ is, for me, a continuing cause of crossness. 

Five minutes with a group of 5 year olds will convince even the most traditionally-minded of adults that harnessing curiosity and the plethora of questions that it produces is central to efficient learning; suggesting that curiosity and active enquiry is dangerous would be disastrous as well as impractical.  Arousing that level of curiosity and thirst for knowledge in a group of 15 year olds, on a Friday afternoon, is sometimes more difficult but it is at the heart of successful teaching.

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