Essential Skills And How To Build Them
Everyone talks about the need for social and creative skills in the world of work and Higher or Further Education. But they are are rarely taught at school. Emma Crighton explores the work of the The Skills Builder partnership in correcting a black hole in education provision
‘Come To The Edge’: For Those Daring To Get Serious About Research-in-Practice
Lesley Saunders speaks directly to readers who are contemplating embarking upon research as a principal part of their professional development and practice.
How To Remove Barriers To Learning For Children With SEN (Part 2)
Alison Ekins utilises the insights provided through the experiences of parents and students with SEN through lockdown and virtual learning to identify implications for the development of professional practice.
A Salutary Tale Of Two Neuro-Diverse, and Socially Diverse, Boys
Professor Amanda Kirby explores how confirmation bias - the tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting information that is consistent with one’s existing beliefs - can lead to the mis-diagnosis and response to children, often limiting their life-chances.
Talking About Oracy: Effective Communication In The Classroom
There is a distinct difference between those schools that have chosen to encourage oracy strategies in their curricular, and those that have focused on skills for written assessments. By shining a light on the effective oracy practises, we can see the vital role of oral communication and how ourselves and our students can benefit. Sarah Davies, who has written the book 'Talking About Oracy.' has constructed this KnowledgeBank as a guide to the subject.
Facilitating an Open Question Mindset
Peter Worley, co-founder of The Philosophy Foundation, explores how to ask the sorts of questions that take children’s thinking further in this recording of a Master Class webinar.
Why are so many children susceptible to grooming, fake news and extreme ideology? One of the reasons is a complete naivety about the voracity and ability to access information they read on the Internet. Why aren't schools taking information literacy more seriously?
What makes a good question? How can I use questioning to improve my students’ thinking? How can I improve my questioning? How can I encourage students to ask good questions? What is meant by a ‘questioning culture’? Why is Community of Enquiry and philosophy connected to questioning?
What Kids Are Reading
The report found that while the number of books read overall dropped 17% in the year to July 2020, compared with the previous year, children read more during lockdowns and school closures.
The Impact of COVID-19 on School Starters: Parent and School Concerns About Children Starting School
Data from 50,000 pupils and a survey of schools across England have shown an increased number of four- and five-year-olds needing help with language.
Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) Annual Report
This report details the number of cases the OIA has reviewed over the past year, including examples relating to course delivery, and the impact of Covid-19.
Children and Adolescents’ Mental Health: One Year On
This survey is helping researchers identify what protects children and young people from deteriorating mental health, and how this may vary according to child and family characteristics.
How to … Use Cognitive Load Theory To Improve Virtual Learning
Simon Richter says that lockdown learning online has presented fundamental challenges for how we teach. He gives practical guidance on how Cognitive Load Theory can make teaching and learning more effective
How to … Support Autistic Students In Virtual Learning And Transition Back Into School
Alison Ekins and Hannah Campbell reveal the impact - both positive and challenging - of lockdown and on-line learning on autistic students. They provide a range of guidance and resource for addressing the diverse needs of these students
Elitist Britain 2019
This report makes recommendations to improve social diversity, including tackling financial barriers and reviewing university admission practices.
Building a New Tomorrow: What Do Graduates Want? 2021/22
Confidence in securing a graduate role has plummeted amongst young people with a state-educated background since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, further increasing an existing gap with their privately educated peers.
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
National Review of the Early Years and Childcare Workforce
This 90–page review looks at 5 main areas: Roles and Responsibilities; Qualifications and Training; Career Pathways; Recruitment and Retention; Workforce Planning. The Reviews findings are aimed primarily at managers of services, representative bodies, training providers and other organisations involved in early years and childcare. Folder: Leadership Briefings Issue 12
Schools are embracing interactive whiteboards and students are reaping the benefits from new software, says DUNCAN MCMILLAN, who looks at how one award-winning company is bringing a new dimension to maths through interactive games designed specially for interactive whiteboard use.
Analytic v synthetic phonics
Professor Rhona Johnston and Dr Joyce Watson, explore analytic versus synthetic phonics; consider the research into the merits of the techniques; and look at the outcome of phonics teaching on a child’s reading success.
Chris Watkins takes a closer look at collaboration between pupils: why do they enjoy it and how does it work?
The Long Win Is More Important Than Grades, Medals and Rankings
Dr Cath Bishop: Olympic silver medallist, former diplomat, business coach and educator, and author of ‘The Long Win’ argues that we should focus more on constant learning to get the big successes.
Why Research Must Be At The Heart Of Professional Practice
Raphael Wilkins vehemently condemns the persistent barriers to practitioner research engagement and calls for a fundamental shift which establishes school based research as the means for continuous quality improvement.
The Crying Shame Of Erasmus: Opposition To Exit Gains Momentum
The UK gained a huge amount rom Erasmus, encouraging talent from across the world to visit the UK , and often stay, and for our school children and students to learn from foreign cultures. Opposition to our disgraceful exit is mounting. Martin Cumella reports
Levelling The Playing Field For Recruitment
Ben Antell is regional director of United Learning, one of the biggest academy chains in the UK. Here he shares his hints and tips for getting schools to see the benefits of this free recruitment tool.
Are Teacher-Assessed Exam Grades Accurate Enough ?
Howard Sharron looks at the controversy over teacher assessed grades and the likelihood of bias and inconsistencies
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.