London 11 Year olds in school crisis

Thursday’s Daily Standard reports that more than 28,000 London children will miss out on their first choice of secondary school this year. Last year, nearly 27,000 children were not given a place at their preferred school, and education specialists predict this number will rise by roughly 1,000 this year. Tuesday next week is National Offer […]

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Top universities handed low marks for teaching

Students at some of Britain’s leading Universities have been extremely critical of the quality of teaching they have been receiving. Bristol,  Edinburgh. King’s College London, Glasgow and the London School of Economics rank amongst the bottom 10 for academic feedback on student’s work despite belonging to the Russell Group of top British research universities. Scottish […]

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Funding and cuts

This year, heads and teachers will really begin to feel the squeeze as their budgets are tightened…even more than last year – and even more than the year before that. Education is an area most picked on. The area politicians can cut down on the most because they can rely on the loyalty and skill […]

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Do babies have a ‘Social Brain’?

The capacity to engage and communicate in a social world, is one defining the characteristics of the human species. Adults have special areas of the brain, sometimes referred to as the ‘social brain’, which respond to different human actions, such as eye, mouth and hand movements. We interpret how sociable and communicative these movements are. […]

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Old-style classroom teaching

The Government’s school behaviour chief has called for a return on children putting their hands up in class to answer a question. Ludicrous as it may sound, this practice has been banned in some schools. Hands up has been going out of fashion for a long time. For the last 10 years, there has been […]

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Suh or SSSS for the word ‘snake’ ?

How do you teach your children phonetics? Children are now learning to read with Synthetic Phonics and are learning a new way of saying the letter sounds. Whichever way the children are taught, whether it be through jolly phonics, letters and sounds or other phonic programmes, a whole new generation is growing up on ‘nnnn’ […]

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Childcare and schools

On another education related post, a recent news story highlights the Education Secretary’s call for Schools to Provide Childcare. ‘Reasonable steps’ should be taken to provide childcare for the whole length of the working day  – including term time and holidays! What a wonderful thought I’m sure you’re thinking! Parents are to be given the […]

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Teacher training in ‘Crisis’

I’m sure you’ve all seen the ‘Educating’ series on TV this year. Whether its Yorkshire or Cardiff, the popular TV programme is actually raising public awareness towards the real problem hitting our schools and colleges. As we have grown to love and respect the teacher figures in these series, it is imperative that the message […]

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You can study everywhere!

These two young monks were pictured studying in the morning light! A good lesson that all you need is motivation to study, you can even do it in a barn! (Photo credits:  The Sunday Times / Georgia Darlow)  

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A lovely friendship story from the sea

  Have you seen this news story in the newspapers? Do you know what it is about? Many sperm whales have washed up on our shores recently and the scientists don’t really know why! What we do know is that it seems whales communicate with each other in a telepathic, unspoken way. They follow each […]

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