With Teresa May’s recent pledge that every secondary school teacher will receive free mental health training, the profile of mental health and schools is raised once again. Do schools view wellbeing as an ‘added extra’ or firmly embedded within the culture and ethos of success? Penny Webb explores the research of Sue Roffey and argues […]
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 […]
Migrants are rarely out of the news – mostly with negative words attached: ‘threat’, ‘invaders’, ‘illegal’, ‘flood’, ‘swarm’, ‘crisis’, ‘chaos’ ‘influx’, ‘sham’, ‘terrorist’ ‘suspected’. …What effect does this kind of inflammatory scare-mongering have on children?
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.
The Department for Education has informed teachers and parents that the national spelling test for seven year olds, due to take place in May 2016, is now cancelled…but is it actually an opportunity for teachers up and down the country to do things more interesting with the time saved?
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…
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.
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 […]
It seems to me that every week there are headlines in which the NHS is being castigated by either regulators, politicians or the media, or indeed all three at the same time. A recent flurry of articles has made me realise that there are many parallels between the attacks on the NHS and what we […]
The arrival of Jeremy Corbyn as a political leader of a mainstream British political party feels like a big change. He’s not the usual kind of politician, careful to avoid difficult questions, keen to project a certain kind of business-like image…Oddly enough, a very similar sort of change has happened in the Catholic Church…