The chief inspector’s findings come at a time of mounting anger among parents of children with SEND who say vital support services are being withdrawn. A number of parent groups around the country have already launched legal action against their local authorities to try to resist further cuts planned for SEND provision. … [Read more...] about Ofsted condemns ‘disjointed’ special educational needs provision
Headteachers in the city said schools were struggling to cope with a “perfect storm” of squeezed school budgets, increased demand on SEN provision and cuts to children’s services, which they said had previously acted as a safety net to resolve issues before they were brought into schools. … [Read more...] about Hull schools at ‘breaking point’ over special educational needs
Baghian is former deputy chief of staff for the department, where she designed and implemented Louisiana's public letter grade system for the yearly ranking of schools and districts. … [Read more...] about Top education official announces bid for state superintendent of education
Despite his eccentricities, he promised his country he would work at bringing about democracy and within two years of his coronation the people of the 176 islands lying between New Zealand and Hawaii were able to vote in their first popularly-elected parliament, bringing to an end 165 years of feudal rule. … [Read more...] about Tiny island nation of Tonga in mourning after death of its eccentric Oxford-educated king
This feeling of being in the zone is called a flow state. When one is in a flow state, everything starts “clicking” – the activity can begin to feel effortless, and one forgets or does not notice that any time is passing. Flow states do not only happen during music performances. Playing sports or video games, writing, computer programming, painting, and many other activities can lead to flow states. All of these activities require training to gain expertise. Once you have honed a hard-to-master skill, you may perform best when you begin to feel the flow, ie, when the parts of your brain that critique and criticise are muted. The deactivations that are seen in the brains of freestyle rappers and jazz musicians while they are performing seem to be the neural signature of flow states – turning off the monitor. … [Read more...] about Making it up as you go along: how your brain improvises
What would we otherwise make of Edison’s empirical dragnet method that yielded 1093 patents, still the record; Watson and Crick’s algorithmic approach to testing the stability of DNA base pairs; Bach’s assembly-line tactic of composing hundreds of cantatas; or the imaginative ways in which Nasa engineers solved the problems of the otherwise doomed Apollo 13 mission? … [Read more...] about Where does ‘creativity’ happen in your brain?