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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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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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Fundamental British Values in the Early Years – a dilemma for the sector

Leaders and practitioners in the early years have paused for thought when faced with the statutory requirement to promote Fundamental British Values in their settings. Blogs and sector events have seen a plethora of questions as early years practitioners search for the meaning of FBV and the implications for their work with children from birth […]

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Time to get serious about research around parental engagement with schools

A strong argument has been emerging for some time that there is a concerning lack of rigour underpinning much of the research in this area. The proliferation of research and practical wisdom that declare how strong and effective relationships between schools and parents will improve achievement and make our children happier may actually be built […]

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Are the effects of father absence on girls overlooked in primary schools?

Father absence is often conceptualised as a ‘boy problem’. There is, perhaps, a silent assumption that boys are hugely disadvantaged by father absence because they lose their male role model and then walk into a ‘feminised’ school environment…It is important to remember that both boys and girls are affected by their experience of paternal absence. […]

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