Mathematicians in the Making
Lorraine Mackie outlines her findings from the Achieving Early transition project, showing that teachers in early years' settings have a lot of opportunities to open young minds to mathematical thinking. Using play, discovery and mathematical language, small efforts can lead to big rewards.
SENDing Students on the Road to Success
By the time students are in Post-16 education, they are well on their path to adulthood. For SEND students, this can be a particularly challenging time as they are forced to navigate increased independence and considerations of work and higher level studies. Lainy Russell of Achieving Further offers simple solutions for teachers supporting students through this important transition time.
Impaired and Thriving
Despite legal protections and advanced research on supporting students with sensory impairments, young people with visual and hearing impairment are barely getting by, lagging well behind their peers. Martin McLean and Jude Thompson offer some case studies of students who are beating the odds, showing how simple some of the solutions are and calling for more opportunities for impaired students.
Philosophy and Aspiration: Bringing Thinking Skills to Further Education
A philosophy-based program called askit is helping students at Central Bedfordshire College learn how to ask questions and reason with problems that don’t have clear answers. Professor James Crabbe and Ali Hadawi explain how this program is transforming aspirations for learners at risk of underachieving.
Meaningful Assessment at the Margins
There is a global learning crisis in which students are being taught too much by rote and those from underprivileged backgrounds are not getting their educational needs met. Asyia Kazmi explains how the Assessment for Learning approach is helping teachers work with disadvantaged children across the world and in the UK.
Teaching for Neurodiversity
A new approach helps teachers work with students with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. Dominic Griffiths and Liz Horobin show how by thinking of these learning differences as part of a neurodiverse system, the human equivalent of biodiversity, the needs of the whole learner can be addressed and solutions that move beyond labelling or identifying problems can be implemented.
Tackling Inequality in the System
The social mobility crisis is ongoing and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are suffering the most. Sam Butters explains how the Fair Education Alliance is acting to combat the achievement gap and pursue educational equality for all.
The Reading Journey
A lifelong love of reading is important for so many areas of well being, yet many people lack literacy skills, contributing to some of the biggest societal problems. Sue Wilkinson shows how The Reading Agency is bridging the gap for vulnerable children and adults so they develop the skills to access the power, importance, life-changing and life-enhancing impact of reading.
Communicating for Life
Students who have speech, language and communication needs are not receiving the support they need to achieve their potential. Caroline Wright discusses the results of a new report that shows a decline in educational practices that support verbal communication skills development and highlights what can be done to improve this crucial area for many vulnerable students.