Survival in School Survival in School

In my classroom management course at the university, we learn how children must have their basic needs satisfied prior to establishing an at...

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1:44 PM

Round Up of 2010 Round Up of 2010

As it’s nearly Christmas, it must be time for the annual round-up of major developments and new research published in the children’s sector ...

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3:10 AM

Sure Start: Success or Not? Sure Start: Success or Not?

It's easy to be baffled by research... Take the example of Sure Start - the programme has been featured numerous times on this site, wi...

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7:46 AM

Teachers / Safeguarding Teachers / Safeguarding

Two new reports which should be of interest to many of the site's visitors: Safeguarding Children: Literature Review is a new report fr...

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5:41 AM

Helping Children Become Thinkers Helping Children Become Thinkers

Several people reading my last post asked me to elaborate on encouraging curiosity in young children. Using my years in the classroom, I wou...

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6:04 AM

The Children Left Behind The Children Left Behind

Last week saw the release of The Children Left Behind , a UNICEF publication which compares inequality in child wellbeing in 24 of the world...

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5:58 AM

EYES Update EYES Update

Recently I've noticed an increase in the number of searches being carried out using the EYES service (see right hand side of page). Hope...

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4:35 AM

Busy Week! Busy Week!

A bumper post today, to reflect the number of interesting studies that have come out in recent days. Without further ado... Last Friday saw ...

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3:44 AM

New DfE Research New DfE Research

Last week saw the publication of the latest monthly batch of DfE research reports. Here are some of the highlights: The Impact of Sure Start...

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6:38 AM

Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development

This post is essentially a plug for an incredibly useful site for students on all early years courses. The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood D...

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7:17 AM

Not Present and Not Correct Not Present and Not Correct

A new publication from Barnardos tackles the issue of school exclusions by claiming that excluding disruptive pupils can cost three times a...

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6:58 AM

Curiosity Curiosity

Our cat, Esme, likes to sit by the glass door and watch what is happening outside. I'm sure she is naturally curious because she spends ...

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7:31 PM

QR Codes QR Codes

As promised, an explanation of last Friday's post... The picture in the post is called a QR code. Essentially it's a 'super barc...

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3:54 AM

The Importance of Teaching - The Schools White Paper 2010 The Importance of Teaching - The Schools White Paper 2010

If you watched the news yesterday, you probably saw some coverage of the launch of the government's white paper outlining their plans to...

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2:33 AM

Ofsted Annual Report Ofsted Annual Report

Ofsted's annual report for 2009/10 is published today, with information on all aspects of education and childcare. Ofsted have set up a ...

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3:57 AM

What's This? Part Two What's This? Part Two

Congratulations to Lisa Perrett on providing the correct answer to Friday's puzzle (see previous post ). To others who've attempted ...

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5:50 AM

What's This? What's This?

We're always investigating new ways to communicate news & information with our users, so today's post is a bit of an experiment ...

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5:52 AM

Reading By Six Reading By Six

Ofsted's latest report highlights the success of using phonics as a tool to teach children how to read. Reading by Six: how the Best Sch...

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2:02 AM

Children's Sector Reforms Children's Sector Reforms

The latest government changes to childcare provision have been published today, with the announcement that children's centres will no lo...

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5:35 AM

Children and Alcohol Children and Alcohol

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has been carrying out research into the relationship between children and alcohol, and recently published tw...

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6:40 AM

Born Creative Born Creative

A major new report from the Demos think tank entitled Born Creative is published today, and explores the issues surrounding creativity in t...

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4:47 AM

Connecting the Dots Connecting the Dots

I am attending the annual NAEYC Conference in Anaheim. I always enjoy this conference because it is wonderful to see such a large group of p...

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6:22 AM

Class Blogs Class Blogs

Looking for ideas on how to use online teaching tools with children? An article from the Guardian website entitled Class Blogs: a Better Way...

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5:51 AM

Playwork Education & Skills Strategy Playwork Education & Skills Strategy

SkillsActive have today published a new five year strategy to encourage workforce development in the play sector . The document has been wri...

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6:23 AM

New DfE Research New DfE Research

The end of each month usually sees the publication of a collection of new research reports from the Department of Education (DfE), and Octob...

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3:29 AM

Early Intervention Early Intervention

C4EO recently published a new report which examines best practice in using early intervention to support at risk or disadvantaged children,...

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3:48 AM

Fathers & Education Fathers & Education

A recent request for information on fathers' involvement in their children's education turned up a host of resources, so it seems a ...

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2:18 AM

More on the Spending Review More on the Spending Review

The previous post dealt with the details of cuts to children's services following last week's Comprehensive Spending Review. Now the...

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2:56 AM

7 Connecting Habits of a Lead Teacher 7 Connecting Habits of a Lead Teacher

In our classroom management course this week we were talking about setting up classrooms that avoid punishment (punitive discipline). I had ...

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11:40 AM

Spending Review - Children's Services Spending Review - Children's Services

This afternoon has finally seen the publication of the government's spending review with details of cuts in most areas of the public sec...

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8:16 AM

Special Educational Needs 2010 Special Educational Needs 2010

The Department of Education has just published Children with Special Educational Needs 2010: An Analysis . This is the second edition of an ...

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3:36 AM

Millennium Cohort Study Millennium Cohort Study

The Millennium Cohort Study is a mammoth ongoing research project which is examining the lives of 19,000 children born in the UK during the...

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2:51 AM

Starting a Family Revolution Starting a Family Revolution

In April 2009 the Family Commission (set up by the 4Children charity) began work on an in-depth inquiry to investigate all aspects of fami...

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2:18 AM

Fall Colors Fall Colors

I'm always jealous of people who live in climates that are more mild during the winter (I don't enjoy cold much any more). However, ...

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8:39 PM

How Fair is Britain? How Fair is Britain?

Yesterday saw the publication of How Fair is Britain? , a mammoth report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission which looks at equal...

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5:56 AM

Serious Games Serious Games

One for the ICT experts among our readers today - Futurelab have just published a literature review which examines the topic of how digital...

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4:45 AM

Achievement in the Foundation Stage Achievement in the Foundation Stage

A new research report entitled Achievement of Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile has been published today by the Departme...

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5:36 AM

The Finish Line The Finish Line

I ran my first half-marathon on Saturday. I just have one thing to say, "13 miles is a long way!" I try to avoid driving 13 miles...

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8:21 AM

Teaching Resources Teaching Resources

A big welcome to all of the new PGCE students at UCB. As promised in this morning's session, here are some of the websites out there wh...

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6:40 AM

Community Family Support Resources Community Family Support Resources

A big welcome to all of the new Community Family Support students at UCB. If you'd like to know about websites which will be invaluable ...

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4:00 AM

Classroom Management Classroom Management

I was instructing my student teachers this week about setting up a classroom to avoid negative behaviors. I often use information learned f...

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1:50 PM

NCB Blog NCB Blog

The National Children's Bureau (NCB) has recently started a blog to share information about the work of the organisation and generate d...

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4:53 AM

Progressive Education in the 1940s Progressive Education in the 1940s

Something a little different today. The video below is a 1940s newsreel from the US which covers the topic of 'progressive education'...

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6:41 AM

School Libraries School Libraries

A report from the School Library Commission draws a link between successful schools and well-run libraries, but argues that at present many ...

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2:58 AM

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Review The Special Educational Needs and Disability Review

A major review from Ofsted has grabbed the headlines this morning, after it concluded that thousands of pupils are being wrongly labelled as...

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3:02 AM

New from OnTheWeb New from OnTheWeb

The latest edition of OnTheWeb (see previous post for details) is as usual packed with details of new reports and research relating to educ...

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6:02 AM

Effective Early Childhood Education Programmes Effective Early Childhood Education Programmes

New research from the CfBT Education Trust examines the effectiveness of 28 different early education programmes. The broad conclusion from...

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8:09 AM

Positivity in Practice Positivity in Practice

While dealing with a recent enquiry I came across a new(ish) report from the NFER which may be of interest to some readers. Positivity in P...

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7:48 AM

Practitioners' Experiences of the Early Years Foundation Stage Practitioners' Experiences of the Early Years Foundation Stage

A new detailed study into the Foundation Stage has found that early years practitioners are strongly in favour of the EYFS framework . The r...

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3:05 AM

A Ballerina Mouse A Ballerina Mouse

My granddaughter wanted to be a ballerina mouse for Halloween last fall. That theme carried over into her summer plans for a wonderful birth...

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7:34 PM