Building Space: How A City-Centre Primary School Is Setting A New Design Blueprint
Castleward Primary School is an innovative new primary school set to be built in the heart of Derby’s city centre. Craig Taylor, associate director of Lungfish Architects, describes the challenges posed by the school’s limited site size and how they used the restrictions as a catalyst for creativity.
Parental Engagement Is Good. But What Does It Really Mean?
Campaigning broadly for parental engagement often doesn’t reach the parents you most want to. For these parents, engagement has to be case specific, and involve partnership working at home and at school, explains Maureen Hunt
Jessica’s Story: Responding To Children Who Have Suffered Traumatic Loss
A child’s behaviour can spiral out of control in the aftermath of losing a loved relative or parents separating. Putting these children into detention or suspending them, is the opposite of how a school should respond. Dr Margot Sunderland describes what happened to Jessica
Climate Change: Pupil Voice, Digital Democracy and Global Citizenship
Digital Democracy can be a great way of ensuring the voices of all children and young people in a school are heard. Sue Lyle and Peter Anderson report on how the digital platform, VocalEyes can be used to support Pupil Voice and lead to serious action for change in schools and community.
Primary Climate Change Curriculum
Now, more than ever, students want to know about the climate emergency and teachers want guidance on how to teach about the biggest crisis facing the planet – climate change. And who better to help teachers with this than CTL, the leading practical journal for teachers.
David Hopkins’ Approach To School Improvement and System Leadership
Professor David Hopkins is widely acknowledged to be one of the foremost thinkers about school improvement and how to put it on a sustainable footing. He has written a lot for TeachingTimes and here we collect his articles and some wider links to give an over-view of his thinking and strategies for implementing change in schools
Every Child A Reader
New Research shows that organised parental engagement in their children's reading could more than offset losses caused by Covid-19. Heather Clements reports on the Every Child A Reader Framework
Do We Care Enough About Staff Wellbeing?
Worthwhileness – happiness – well-being. These words are relatively new in politics – and in education. Richard Layard1 suggests that the things that make people happy are our social lives, the trust we have in others, the continuity of our lives, our feelings of self-worth (including feeling at least as well off as other people), and the feeling that things are getting better.
Balancing the Risks of Pupils Returning to Schools
Lost school time will hurt economy for 65 years, according to this report by the Royal Society which highlights the potential impact on the 13 year groups of students who have been affected by the lockdown.
Jobs for The Boys: How Children Give Voice to Gender Stereotyped Job Roles
This research found that for stereotypically male jobs, both sexes spontaneously masculinised their voices, by lowering pitch and resonance, and they also feminised their voices for stereotypically female occupations, by raising their pitch and resonance.
Coronavirus and Home Schooling In Great Britain: April To June 2020
A majority of British children struggled to continue learning at home during the lockdown in Great Britain between April to June 2020
Learning Inequalities During the Covid-19 Pandemic: How Families Cope With Home-Schooling
Children from the most advantaged families, with access to digital devices and with parents working from home, spent longer on school work during lockdown than their peers in less advantaged households.
Declaring a Climate Crisis at Woodbridge High School, Redbridge
Across the UK awareness around climate change is growing and following recent school strikes and demonstrations some of our schools have declared a climate emergency and began to examine what they can do about the scale of crisis we face. In this piece we learn how one London secondary school has responded.
No Child Left Behind – Maths Champion Bobby Seagull Campaigns To End The Digital Divide
More children must have access to digital technology at home if the achievement gap is not to widen even more . Bobby Seagull urges people to join in the campaign
The Mental Health Crisis in Schools Is Going To Explode: Can Positive Education Prevent A Meltdown?
Mental Health services for children pre-Covid-10 were already overwhelmed. We now need something more than reactive, over-stretched services and inadequate services. The preventative strategy that Positive Education seems to offer could be the way forward, explain Andy Mellor and Jim Nicholson.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy Of Edtech
For those of you who are not aficionados of Edtech, this surf along the breaking waves of Virtual and Augmented Reality will orientate you to the extraordinary possibilities for schools. Joe Smith is your guide.
Healthy Schools, Healthy Children?
This is the first major Ofsted survey on the broader aspects of health and well–being of pupils since the introduction of the Every Child Matters agenda. It covers the school ethos, the curriculum, food and drink, PE and school sport, lifelong health messages and barriers to improvement. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 11
The limits of inclusion
With the growing government emphasis on inclusion, the role of special schools has become marginalised in education policy. Yet for many children, inclusion in the mainstream is a route to failure.
Cyber bullying of teachers – a growing problem for schools?
There has been a great deal of press coverage about the problems associated with social networking websites and increasing technological sophistication amongst children. One prominent issue is 'cyber bullying'
Bridging the gap between parents, pupils and schools
It’s widely recognised that the more involved parents are in their child’s education, the better the pupil performs at school. Here, David Burgess discusses how to bridge the gap between parents, pupils and schools.
A question of creativity
Alan Peat describes the kinds of questions that foster creative thinking.
Teaching Climate Change And Bio-Diversity
Sue Lyle introduces the Climate Change Curriculum! - A special edition of Creative Teaching and Learning that responds to the legitimate concerns of children that the next big crisis, larger and more destructive than Covid 19, is the destruction of our environment
Can White People Ever Emotionally Understand The Impact of Racism?
Sue Lyle, a teacher trainer for over 20 years has struggled to understand racism and to give would-be teachers a small insight into what it feels to be child from a BAME community. Understanding white privilege and the power of fiction have helped, she says.
BBC’s Bitesize Daily is not the solution to the Covid crisis
Count von Count, the friendly, maths-loving vampire on Sesame Street might be many children’s maths entry-point, but the character is rarely described as a substitute maths teacher. Video, whether online or on TV, is fundamentally a one-way medium. While there is certainly value in using TV programmes as an educational aid, they are no substitute for a teacher.
Grasping the opportunities of the digital age
More than any other initiative Apps for Good has probably been responsible for getting girls to engage with technology.
Flipping Schools : Now Is The Time To Turn Schools Inside Out
Malcolm Groves and John West-Burnham, authors of ‘Flipping Schools,’ urge a radical re-think to school improvement, one that offers a culture of community and equality
Evelyn Dunbar Assembly
Art is a powerful tool in time of crisis and great social change. This assembly by Matt James, examines the role that art has played during times of profound national crisis, both in relation to the Second World War and during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Pupils need to have experience of as many different materials as possible to make sense of their world. Of course, the idea of studying different types of materials, such as paper, wood or metals might seem a little uninspiring, but the fact remains that materials science (in terms of materials’ properties and usage etc.) is an important part of both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 education.