Messy communication

Unheard voices: what migrant parents from the EU say about communication with their children’s schools

In the shadow of one of the most hotly debated political issues of recent times and as we step with trepidation into a post-EU era, Sarah Christie and Agnes Szorenyi of the University’s Research Centre for Children Families and Communities give a voice to families of the ‘EU generation’: those who recently migrated to Kent […]

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The importance of storytelling

In schools, storytelling can be a rich experience for children, sometimes happening before they shape texts in writing, sometimes when telling stories for their own sake. It is what writing is built upon and skilled teachers know about its importance when using storytelling as part of the language curriculum to build children’s literary skills.

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Fundamentalism really is ordinary

Fundamentalism is no mystery, the work of the devil or of evil minds beyond our comprehension. When we witness barbarism on the streets of Brussels, Paris, Beirut and countless other locations, we can recognise, if pausing for a moment, some equivalent potential, however small, in ourselves.

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The White Paper – Why ‘What Works’ is not so straightforward

Who could possibly argue with Nicky Morgan’s vision of education demonstrated in Educational Excellence Everywhere?… Educational excellence everywhere as a concept is a great vision. However there are some other shortcomings in Nicky Morgan’s vision of educational excellence about which I have seen little comment. Here are four…

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The White Paper – whose evidence is it anyway?

On 17th March 2016, the Government published its white paper Educational Excellence Everywhere. This is the second major, recent government document that uses the term ‘evidence-based practice’ frequently…Educational Excellence Everywhere uses it 27 times, including nine times in the short section about initial teacher education.

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An ideological step too far

Secretary of State Nicky Morgan is reportedly looking to recruit the next head of Ofsted from the United States…When we consider the paragons across the pond who are reportedly being considered or wooed in Morgan’s search for Michael Wilshaw’s successor, mere ideology descends into dangerous folly…

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Hopeful parents of summerborns left out in the cold

In September 2015, The UK Minister of State for Schools Nick Gibb released a statement which stated that summer born children in England starting their school lives at compulsory school age (CSA) of 5 would be allowed to start in reception class and stay with that younger cohort throughout their education rather than be forced […]

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