Schools can help ‘close the gap’ by nurturing strong relationships with parents. Mary Taylor looks at where the dots need to be connected between policy and practice for the most effective outcomes.
A sensory room doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective. Adam Gordon shows us how to meet children’s sensory needs while dealing with a shoestring budget.
Participation in non-academic activities can be profoundly important to young people’s lives, yet many young people still don’t have access to programs that inspire them. Helen O’Donnell explains how a new initiative is helping communities and schools overcome the barriers to accessing extra-curricular activities.
Primary headteacher Carol Baron shows how her school has brought play and independence to lunchtime, improving children’s wellbeing, behaviour and enjoyment of school along the way.
We know that development of social and emotional skills underpins achievement and social mobility, but how can we know if what we’re doing is actually working? Rebecca Martin outlines some approaches to evaluating non-cognitive skills, making sure the support gets to the pupils who need it most.
Safeguarding specialist Dawn Jotham identifies the three key stages of child exploitation and offers advice for teachers to spot the warning signs and to support students who are at risk.
Professor Sonia Blandford is Founder and CEO of Achievement for All and one of the UK’s leading practitioners of education. Sonia is passionate about raising the aspirations and improving the attainment of all children and young people regardless of their background or needs. In 2016, she was named on Debrett’s list of the Top 500 Most Influential People in the UK.
Children who have autism often exhibit behaviours that are considered unacceptable in a classroom, leading to higher levels of exclusions within this group. Catriona Moore offers ways for schools to reassess their behaviour policies to make sure they meet the needs for this vulnerable group.
Relationships Education will become mandatory in primary school in England from September 2020. Richard Woolley and Sacha Mason look at how to approach teaching the new material with bravery and sensitivity.
Children learn so much more from school than academics, so a school in California has decided to harness this reality and deliberately expand their curriculum. Randi Kearney, Katelyn Patterson and Tressa Wyner explain how they are developing self-efficacy skills with their students.
Ella Cohen shows how providing opportunities for disenchanted youth to find meaning and purpose in their learning is part of a new social action initiative.
Alternative Provision is a way of ensuring that the educational needs of the most vulnerable children are met, but its bad reputation has made it hard for schools to know how to best support students who need it. Jacqueline Daniel outlines recent improvements to the AP programmes and explores some recent recommendations to government.
Headteacher Chris Dyson took on one of the toughest schools around—one that no one else would touch. And he found that, like with most children, the students were all capable of doing well, but they needed ways to connect with education that were fun, rewarding and which truly addressed their wellbeing. Once a centre of chaos that had 150 exclusions a year, Parklands Primary School now boasts some of the best maths scores in the country and is oversubscribed because of its great reputation.
Equality in education is not about everyone getting the same marks. It is about everyone having access to the same chances providing equal choice, regardless of socio-economic background, learning abilities or talents. While access to universities improves and apprenticeships embed in the system, allowing more people to realise their potential, we should continually question whether […]
The latest report from the Social Mobility Commission shows a complex and disturbing picture, revealing Britain to be one of the least equal and least socially mobile of the developed nations. Commissioner Sammy Wright reports on the state of play.
Charlotte Gater, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning, explores how the right extra-curricular tuition can support the development of students with special needs and help them thrive in all areas of life.
How can we motivate students who are behind in maths to up their game? Christine Edge-Sayer shows how a new play-based approach is inspiring excellence in students who were previously struggling.
There is often a sense that children with complex needs are unable to make progress, but Michael Bogg shows how by addressing students’ individual situations and developing their well-being and self-esteem, real progress is not only possible, but inevitable.