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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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Bringing the teacher back in: Reconceptualising the school curriculum as jazz

…If we see the curriculum as jazz then we can see that there are guidelines given but that the teachers are encouraged to ‘own’ the processes and adapt the content, the presentation and the organisation as they see fit. In this way they can become curriculum ‘makers’ as well as curriculum ‘deliverers’.

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Performance Related Pay and the Rise of Authoritarianism in Schools

During the final term of last year I heard numerous stories from highly stressed teachers, all worried about not receiving an incremental pay rise owing to anxiety over whether their pupils’ test scores were going to hit designated targets. To put it mildly, these teachers didn’t seem fans of the new performance related pay system…

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Who needs careers professionals?!

…Perhaps 50 years ago it was simply about deciding what a young person might like ‘to be’ when they grow up…But the complexity of the labour market, the opportunities available and the pace of change is such that young people need skills, knowledge and information from professionals who are specifically trained to provide it.

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Supporting teachers in their role: making the case for formal supervision in the workplace

The challenges that children and young people face in their everyday lives clearly have an impact on their ability to access and engage with their learning. And listening and attending to these issues is part of the daily work of many education professionals…At best this can be exhausting – at worst the ability of teachers […]

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