Child File – Developing Professional Practice
In practice, it is important not only to recognise a child or young person’s specific pedagogical needs, but also to respond constructively to those needs. This regular section will provide a summary of common problems or difficulties with which children or young people may present in an educational setting and show how, through reflection (individually or in teams), appropriate interventions can minimise or even remove children or young people’s barriers to learning.
Supporting pupils’ emotional needs
Understanding how to support a child to develop emotionally can have a positive impact on academic success as well as self esteem, resilience and levels of happiness. Grasping the idea that a pupil’s emotional age can be very different from their chronological age is the first step to providing this support according to Lucy Barnes, Headteacher at Beech Lodge School in Berkshire.
Attachment Based Mentoring
It is widely recognised that vulnerable children struggle to access learning and experience success at school. With interventions purely designed to move them on with learning they often have difficulty engaging and making progress. Perhaps something else is needed?
Biscuits or Banquets?
Maureen Hunt examines the quality of the reading ‘diet’ children are getting and how important it is for those children from more disadvantaged backgrounds to have rich reading experiences in school. She explores why solely using a phonic based approach is not enough and gives some top tips for teachers to make the reading experience into a metaphorical banquet for children.
Nurturing young mathematicians
Ems Lord considers how you can enrich the maths experiences of the children in your classroom or early years setting, whatever curriculum or approach to maths you use. She discusses maths activities from NRICH – a collaboration between the faculties of maths and education at the University of Cambridge and part of the Millennium Mathematics Project.
Capabilities: The new currency for success
There is, sadly, no simple recipe for success in life. But every day we understand more about what the influencing factors are.
Reforming performance management
At its core education is about people and, in particular, developing their potential. Just as schools embrace the chance to develop young people so too should they make the most of all opportunities to develop the teachers who shape those young people.