Drug gangs using Vietnamese slaves in UK’s ‘Cannabis Farms’ | Maxwell

Drug gangs using Vietnamese slaves in UK’s ‘Cannabis Farms’ | Maxwell

Originally published at Asian Correspondent on 22nd March 2017

VIETNAMESE gangs, who have long controlled the UK’s market in cannabis production, are using teenage slaves from Vietnam to tend their illegal crops.

Human rights and anti-trafficking organisations are calling on authorities to tackle these illegal operations and crack down on drug gangs believed to be committing human rights abuses and profiting from slave labour.

In the UK, “cannabis farms” are usually relatively small operations, often located in inner city houses, which have been stripped and fitted with ventilation,…

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The problem with ‘reading along’ | David Didau

The problem with ‘reading along’ | David Didau

It has become an unwritten law of teaching that when reading aloud to students, the teacher must ensure students are reading along in their own copy of the text. This is, I contend, a bad idea. To understand why we need to consider working memory in some detail.

It’s well know that the capacity of working memory is strictly limited – estimates range from anywhere between 4 to 9 items at any one time – but it’s less well-known that working memory is not a single edifice. Baddeley and Hitch‘s widely accepted working memory model contains four distinct components. The central executive (CE)…

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Principles of Great Assessment #2 Validity and Fairness | Phil Stock

Principles of Great Assessment #2 Validity and Fairness | Phil Stock

This is the second of a three part series on the principles of great assessment. In my last post I focused on some principles of assessment design. This post outlines the principles that relate to ideas of validity and fairness.* As I have repeatedly stressed, I do not consider myself to be an expert in the field of assessment, so I am more than happy to accept constructive feedback to help me learn and to improve upon the understanding of assessment that we have already developed as a school. My hope is that these posts will help others to learn a bit more about assessment, and for the…

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Principles of Great Assessment part II: Validity and Fairness | Phil Stock

Principles of Great Assessment part II: Validity and Fairness | Phil Stock

This is the second of a three part series on the principles of great assessment. In my last post I focused on some principles of assessment design. This post outlines the principles that relate to ideas of validity and fairness.* As I have repeatedly stressed, I do not consider myself to be an expert in the field of assessment, so I am more than happy to accept constructive feedback to help me learn and to improve upon the understanding of assessment that we have already developed as a school. My hope is that these posts will help others to learn a bit more about assessment, and for the…

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Great Expectations | robward1979

Great Expectations | robward1979

For the last couple of years I’ve shown the BBC version of Great Expectations to KS4 classes as an extra-curricular opportunity to view something they otherwise wouldn’t have watched. And they loved it.

When the opportunity came to choose my own 19th century text (previously we had been directed to specific books), i desperately wanted to teach Great Expectations. I knew that my class would love it. But i also knew it is a huge book, five times longer than Jekyll & Hyde, for instance. Afraid of getting a bit stale, i decided to take on the challenge and i’m really glad i did.

I have…

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Identifying Proper Nouns | Nic

Identifying Proper Nouns | Nic

It’s imperative that students avoid the vague phrase “The word suggests”, but sometimes they find this difficult as they are unable to identify the technique or part of speech being used. Today’s post is therefore just the sharing of a video I have created about proper nouns in order to help them with this. It is basic but I’m hoping it will help to increase their confidence.

 

 

I’m planning on developing a series of these basic videos but if you have any suggestions of what should be covered  please do let me know and I’ll happily add them to my list (and share them of course)….

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