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Creating a thinking school: Developing pupil agency and collective teacher efficacy

Written by: Alan Johnson
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ALAN JOHNSON, ASSISTANT HEAD, TEACHING AND LEARNING, MOUNT KELLY SCHOOL, UK To paraphrase Ken Robinson, we are all looking for ways to raise standards in education; I’ve never heard of anyone saying that they’re trying to lower them… Incremental improvement and evolution rather than revolution are ideologies to which we have been drawn at Mount Kelly, an all-through boarding school nestling into the side of the Dartmoor National Park, informing our how. Our what has increasingly been drawn to improving collective teacher efficacy (CTE), alongside an improving culture of reflective, evidence-informed practice supporting impactful elements from the field of cognitive science. Alongside this is the intention to develop greater pupil agency through the development of cognitive science-informed classroom practice. The field of cognitive science, perhaps especially in its reference to education, is vast. Recent research from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) highlights no fe

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