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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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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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Values Matter

Discussions around ‘British’ values, faith schools and inclusion remind us that values stand at the heart of what we do in education. At a national level values are embedded in the national curriculum and government policy decisions. At a local level schools must formulate and publish aims or mission statements identifying the principles which underpin […]

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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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