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James Mannion

James Mannion is a teacher, and a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. He is the Founder of Learning Skills (, and the Director of Rethinking Education ( He is @rethinking_ed on Twitter.

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James Mannion

How I learned to stop worrying and love teacher research

The Praxis Curriculum, an innovative approach to teaching Learning to Learn at Key Stage 3, produced compelling evidence of academic gains across all subject areas and an almost complete closing of the attainment gap. I qualified as a science teacher in 2006. In 2007, I became gifted and talented...