Identifying Special Educational Needs In The Early Years
How do we know whether normal individual variation and differing speeds of maturation are masking a special need? Sal McKeown reports on an important new study
Why Is The Swedish Kunskapsskolan Movement Causing Such A Stir?
What is it about the Kunskapssckolan movement that is generating such world-wide interest? John Baumber and Magnus Dahlberg show that by taking a very different approach to schooling there have been considerable gains in the learner experience and teacher professional development which support this.
Re-thinking Assessment In Education: Part 1 The Case For Change
In the first of three articles Bill Lucas sets out the case for a radical re-thinking of assessment in England
A Student’s Perspective On Learning Online
How one student felt about lockdown and learning online
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?
Transforming Lives In An Age Of Uncertainty
Emer O'Donnell, Founding Director of Quintillion, explains how the Q Pathfinder app can give young people a renewed sense of purpose
Do Essays Have To Be Stressful?
No, says Stuart Marsden who explains how Claro software can help build confidence and skills
Catch Up -Learning Touch Typing Improves Exam Results And Saves Schools Money
There is so much talk about Catch up yet one of the most powerful interventions is often overlooked. Why schools should be promoting touch typing in the digital age.
Transported By The Power Of Sound
Alyssa Bonic discusses how now>press>play’s immersive audio Experiences build children’s resilience, creativity and empathy while strengthening their communication skills
Personality, Behavioural Strengths and Difficulties and Performance of Adolescents With High Achievements in Science, Literature, Art and Sports
This study found that personality traits seen as more positive - such as more sociable, well-behaved and "agreeable" - received a boost in teachers' grades, which were not then borne out by performance in anonymous exams.
Investigation of the Associations Between Physical Activity, Self-Regulation and Educational Outcomes in Childhood
Giving every child the opportunity to take part in certain types of physical activity, like swimming and ball sports, could help to close the achievement gap between the wealthy and the less advantaged.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Within the English Primary School System
Rigid prescriptive expectations not suitable for relatively younger children born in the summer result in many of these children being denoted with SEND
Can Less Be More? Instruction Time and Attainment in English Secondary Schools
This study found that extended teaching was some help in closing the attainment gap between students on free school meals and others.
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.