A New Year A New Year

Here we are poised to begin another new year. There is always much talk about resolutions and what we want to change about ourselves for th...

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8:19 PM

Review of 2008 Review of 2008

As this is the period when reviews of the year are published, today's post gathers together some of the most significant childhood and e...

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2:37 AM

I was out breaking the ice on our pond (winter has arrived!) so that the turtles hibernating in the bottom will have oxygen. While breaking ...

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11:02 AM

Children's Plan / Play Strategy Children's Plan / Play Strategy

Two documents released last week by the DCSF: It is 12 months since the publication of the Children's Plan (see this previous post for ...

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2:33 AM

The Child Care Transition The Child Care Transition

Readers with an interest in early years provision in other countries should be interested in a new report from UNICEF . Published yesterday,...

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2:21 AM

Monitoring Poverty & Social Exclusion Monitoring Poverty & Social Exclusion

This week has seen the 10th anniversary of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's annual Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion report. The ...

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1:44 AM

Wider Workforce Week Wider Workforce Week

Many of our readers may be interested to learn that this week is Wider Workforce Week on Teachers TV. All week the service (Freeview Channel...

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2:13 AM

Rose Review - Interim Report Rose Review - Interim Report

Since January of this year, Sir Jim Rose has been carrying out an independent review of primary education in the UK, on the instructions of ...

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2:45 AM

Faith Schools & Community Cohesion Faith Schools & Community Cohesion

The issue of faith schools is in the news again, following the release of a new report from the Runnymede Trust . This new research is likel...

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2:10 AM

Someday... Someday...

I am in the middle of interviewing students from my Introduction to Teaching courses at the university. I am so excited about the number of ...

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3:35 PM

Homes Fit for Families Homes Fit for Families

Something for our Family Support Workers today; a few months ago the Family & Parenting Institute published Homes Fit for Families: An ...

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3:20 AM

More Bits 'n' Bobs More Bits 'n' Bobs

Details of more useful items which have been published in the last week: The latest report from Every Child A Reader suggests that the prog...

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2:22 AM

DCSF reports DCSF reports

There is always plenty of new research and reports being published in the Childhood and Early Years sectors, but lately there seems to have ...

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3:20 AM

Children's Services / Bullying Children's Services / Bullying

Here's a round up of several items of interest from recent weeks, which fall into two broad areas: children's services and bullying....

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4:38 AM

Yaa..Well...There's Always Mashed Potatoes. Yaa..Well...There's Always Mashed Potatoes.

I was excited to help in my granddaughter's first grade class recently. She has a great teacher, but I still thought about telling her t...

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5:08 PM

Play for a Change Play for a Change

Several students I know are doing research into children's play at the moment, so hopefully all of them (and many other readers) will fi...

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3:00 AM

Education For All Education For All

The latest edition of UNESCO's annual global monitoring report for education makes for depressing reading. In previous years the organis...

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2:32 AM

New Laws on Forced Marriages New Laws on Forced Marriages

Last year the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 was voted through by parliament, and from today this legislation is to be impleme...

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2:12 AM

Children and Young People in Mind Children and Young People in Mind

When the Children's Plan was published by the DCSF in December last year, one of the announcements that it contained was for an independ...

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7:37 AM

What Happened? What Happened?

If you think the blog looks different, you'd be right! Unfortunately we had some technical problems with the previous template which was...

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7:16 AM

Pupil Attainment Pupil Attainment

The DCSF has just released detailed statistics on pupil attainment for the last academic year, which are broken down by various pupil charac...

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7:10 AM

CCInform (Again!) CCInform (Again!)

It's a slow news day, so I'd just like to take another opportunity to remind students about CCInform which is now located behind the...

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2:39 AM

Working Together Working Together

Based on recent comments, know that nothing brings out the passion in people like politics (and religion). It would be nice if everyone woul...

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1:18 PM

Ofsted Annual Report Ofsted Annual Report

Today sees the publication of Ofsted's annual report, which gives an overall picture of the state of education in England. The latest re...

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2:49 AM

Britain & Beyond Britain & Beyond

Following on from yesterday's post, here are some details of another recent survey. Britain and Beyond is the name of a new report from...

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4:10 AM

Breaking The Cycle Breaking The Cycle

A poll commissioned by the charity Barnardos has uncovered some rather negative statistics; according to the research which they have commis...

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4:20 AM

School and Money School and Money

We are in such a shaky economic time right now that I worry about the effects it will have on educational funding. Almost 50% of funding for...

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11:50 AM

A Mixed Bag A Mixed Bag

Need some reading for the weekend? Once again the latest issue of the OnTheWeb newsletter (see this previous post for details of this excel...

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2:39 AM

Harnessing Technology 2008 Harnessing Technology 2008

Becta have just released their latest annual Harnessing Technology report; this review focuses on the use of ICT in schools and further edu...

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3:07 AM

Raising the Bar Raising the Bar

The Daycare Trust has today published a new briefing which I suspect most of the blog's readers will support wholeheartedly. The report...

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2:12 AM

Educational Provision for Autistic Children Educational Provision for Autistic Children

The Autism Education Trust (AET) was launched last year by the DCSF, to investigate improve educational support for children in England who...

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1:59 AM

Ending Child Poverty: Thinking 2020 Ending Child Poverty: Thinking 2020

A new week, a new child poverty report... The government's pledge to end child poverty by 2020 is well known; back in June, the Child Po...

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2:05 AM

CCInform CCInform

Earlier this year I posted about an impressive new service we had introduced to the College called CCInform. Initially take-up of the new se...

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6:30 AM

It Is History! It Is History!

Like many Americans, I had a hard time sleeping last night after hearing President-elect Obama's acceptance speech. His speech was fille...

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5:15 AM

Learning Outside The Classroom Learning Outside The Classroom

A new DCSF backed website has recently been lauched for educators in England. It's title is Learning Outside The Classroom , and it'...

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3:54 AM

Getting On, Getting Ahead Getting On, Getting Ahead

Yesterday saw the publication of Getting On, Getting Ahead , a discussion paper from the government's Strategy Unit. The report is based...

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2:30 AM

Fostering Families Fostering Families

A new publication from the Fostering Network examines an area of policy that is often disregarded; the report, entitled Fostering Families ...

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4:03 AM

Information Sharing Information Sharing

Wednesday's blog post talked about the role of children's trusts in coordinating services, so perhaps it's timely that this week...

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7:44 AM

Family Support Workers Family Support Workers

Today's post is aimed at our students on the Family Support Workers foundation degree course. I spoke with some of you in the library on...

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3:43 AM

Are We There Yet? Are We There Yet?

Today's post title is nothing to do with children in the back seat of a car... In 2003 the Victoria Climbie Inquiry delivered its final...

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6:26 AM

Hot and Cold Hot and Cold

This past week, I had the opportunity of doing workshops in Los Angeles and Anaheim, California as well as Atlantic City, New Jersey. When I...

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11:06 AM

Children's Survey / Gifted Children Children's Survey / Gifted Children

Ofsted has just published its annual Tellus3 survey which asks 10-15 year olds in England a range of questions covering the five Every Child...

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3:10 AM

New Child Poverty Research New Child Poverty Research

Child poverty is one of those topics that seems to be perenially in the news, but even those who follow it closely may be surprised to learn...

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3:19 AM

Every Child Matters article Every Child Matters article

Today's post is simply to point you towards an article which appeared in yesterday's Guardian, which some of you may find interestin...

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4:56 AM

Children's Emotional Development and Wellbeing Children's Emotional Development and Wellbeing

The Office for National Statistics has just released a lengthy new report entitled Three Years On , which takes a detailed look at the devel...

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8:20 AM

Families & Relationships Families & Relationships

The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) is a department of the University of Edinburgh. Research carried out by the Ce...

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2:57 AM

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Children Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Children

Today's post may be the longest this blog has ever seen; last months issue of OnTheWeb (see this previous post for details of this exce...

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6:02 AM

The Millennium Cohort Study The Millennium Cohort Study

The Millennium Cohort Study is a huge ongoing project which is examining the social conditions which today's children will encounter as...

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2:37 AM

ICT in Secondary Schools ICT in Secondary Schools

Today's post is for our ICT bods. Last month Becta produced a series of reports on the subject of Web 2.0 within secondary school (for ...

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2:38 AM

Quality Child Care Quality Child Care

In the last weeks we have been talking about quality child care in my Introduction to Teaching course. Research tells us that quality chil...

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10:34 AM

Children & Young Person's Bill Children & Young Person's Bill

This week the Children & Young Person's Bill received another reading in the House of Commons, which means it is one step closer to ...

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3:26 AM

Poverty & The Media Poverty & The Media

Occasionally students make enquiries about how the media reports on early years or social issues, so if you're doing research in that ar...

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3:17 AM

Round Up Round Up

I was away for most of last week, so here's a quick summary of some of the new reports and research which came out during that time: A r...

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3:19 AM

Sage Journals - Special Offer Sage Journals - Special Offer

This is just a short post to inform all readers that if you log onto Athens and choose the Sage Journals site, you will be able to access al...

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10:05 AM

We're in this Together! We're in this Together!

I did a math workshop in Nashville this week and it was wonderful. What a great group of teachers and caregivers! It is always such a treat ...

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6:55 AM

Step by Step Step by Step

I had an engaging conversation last evening with past early childhood friends about developmental stages in learning. I was in Orlando to ta...

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4:47 AM

Dissertations Dissertations

Following on from yesterday's post, if you're about to embark on writing your dissertation, then you're probably at the stage of...

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2:18 AM

DCSF Research DCSF Research

Usually around this time of year, our final year degree students are expected to have some idea of what topic they would like to focus on fo...

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6:11 AM

Ceruk Plus Ceruk Plus

Ceruk Plus is a database which contains details of thousands of completed or ongoing research projects relating to education or children'...

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3:40 AM

Foundation Stage Results Foundation Stage Results

Last Thursday saw the publication of the latest Foundation Stage results from the DCSF, outlining the achievements of children in this age g...

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2:53 AM

Mathematics: Understanding the Score Mathematics: Understanding the Score

Several headlines today are devoted to the content of the latest report from Ofsted. Mathematics: Understanding the Score examines evidence...

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3:46 AM

As Long As It Takes As Long As It Takes

The Action for Children charity has made headlines with its latest report. Entitled As Long as it Takes : A New Politics for Children , th...

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3:17 AM

Welcome Back! Welcome Back!

Judging by the higher number of visits the blog has been getting in recent days, you're all gearing up to start the new term, so today&#...

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3:17 AM

One-Day Bloom One-Day Bloom

We have a hardy Hibiscus in our yard which bloomed for this first time this fall. It is amazingly beautiful with a dark red bloom that measu...

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3:53 PM

Latest from OnTheWeb Latest from OnTheWeb

As usual the latest issue of OnTheWeb (see previous post for details) is packed with details of new reports and research relating to educat...

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3:33 AM

School Food Trust School Food Trust

In the wake of Jamie Oliver's series on school dinners, the School Food Trust was established to improve school food and the education ...

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3:49 AM

The Next Generation The Next Generation

The Centre for Social Justice is a thinktank which investigates how solutions can be found to the problems of poverty and the lives of thos...

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5:45 AM

Time for Play Time for Play

In June the National Children's Bureau published Play and Exercise in Early Years: Physically Active Play in Early Childhood Provision ....

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5:59 AM

Education At a Glance Education At a Glance

One for the number crunchers today... The OECD has just published Education At a Glance 2008 , it's latest annual comparison of educatio...

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8:19 AM

No, Not Yet! No, Not Yet!

We just recently completed a deck that has been in the planning for several years. As I sit out under the tree that grows from the middle, I...

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6:47 PM

Child Prostitution Child Prostitution

One of the topics that students occasionally enquire about is the subject of child prostitution. Understandably, doing research about such a...

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3:30 AM

New Teachers & SEN; EYFS New Teachers & SEN; EYFS

If you are one of our PGCE students, then you will spend one of your three placements in an environment working with children with special e...

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3:18 AM