Academic Insecurity: A pastoral perspective on assessments

It is 5:30 on a Monday afternoon and I am in a staff meeting with my colleagues who run the student halls. We are discussing whether or not it should be mandatory silence during exam season. The newest member of staff asks if it’s really necessary, “because, well, frankly, it seems a bit draconian”. Everyone … More Academic Insecurity: A pastoral perspective on assessments

Professor Hechuan Sun Seminar at the CAERe

Last month, Professor Hechuan Sun of Shenyang Normal University in China came to the Graduate School of Education to talk about  an effective school improvement ‘miracle’ in mainland China. Professor Sun has now become an external international member of the CAERe. Her research involved a case study about how a failing rural school named Dulangkou Middle … More Professor Hechuan Sun Seminar at the CAERe

Mock Vivas at the CAERe Research Centre

As a doctoral student, one of the biggest challenges is to overcome the viva – an oral defense of the written thesis, usually conducted by one internal and one external examiner. This can be a daunting prospect, with many aspects to consider in terms of preparation. Last month two CAERe students requested to have a ‘mock viva’ … More Mock Vivas at the CAERe Research Centre