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's post is just an introduction to new visitors (or a refresher for old ones!) explaining what this site is all about.
The blog is designed to help keep students and staff up-to-date with new research and reports in the early years, education and social care sectors; organisations such as the DCSF, Ofsted, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and many others regularly publish documents which can be useful for writing assignments or just for advancing your own knowledge. So when a new report comes out, you can expect to find a summary of its content together with a link to the information on this site.
You can search through old posts by using the search box in the top left of the screen, or use the 'Hot Topics' links on the right of the page, which gather together all posts on a particular subject. As well as giving you links to reports on popular subjects such as 'Teaching', you will find a collection of 'Internet Tips' which contain suggestions for making your online browsing a little easier. Also on the right of the page are education news stories from the BBC, a selection of interesting recent articles from various sources which should interest many of you, and a collection of links to useful research websites.
Why not also have a go at using EYES Search (click here for details) the next time you need some information for an assignment? EYES has been developed for use by students within the school, and although it's a little experimental, there have been some good responses from people who have tried it. And finally, if you have any feedback about any aspects of the blog, or would like to add to what's been written here, then feel free to leave a comment - here's how to do it.