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Close the gap with breakfast and a book

Close the gap with breakfast and a book

Research shows that reading for pleasure boosts cognitive development. Combine this with a solid breakfast and we can really help pupils to achieve. Karen Sullivan offers some practical ideas. Over my last few columns, we’ve been looking at the att…

Karen Sullivan, 4th December 2014

Research identifies types of reading that can lead to higher vocabulary

Research involving almost 10,000 people has discovered a connection between reading for pleasure as a child and vocabulary later in life. It has found that reading “highbrow” fiction has the biggest impact on later vocabulary skills, and that…

13th November 2014
School librarian of the year offers tips on engaging with SEN students

School librarian of the year offers tips on engaging with SEN students

The news that Liz Millett had won the School Librarian of the Year 2014 title spread like wildfire around Weatherfield Academy in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. As she received her award from author and artist Chris Riddell at a School Library Association ce…

Emma Lee-Potter, 16th October 2014
At the chalkface: Once upon a time…

At the chalkface: Once upon a time…

I’ve just become a granddad. Hurrah for me – but isn’t this rather outside the parameters of this column? Perhaps, but it does prompt some pedagogical speculation. As I gaze at the swaddled blob, lost deeply in the land of Nod, I wonder …

Ian Whitwham, 16th October 2014

At a glance headlines: October 9, 2014

Curriculum resources based on London's heritage, the annual ADHD Foundation conference, a social enterprise Apprenticeship and a new Shakespeare resource are among SecEd's At a glance headlines for October 9, 2014. ADHD Foundation Annual Conference The …

9th October 2014
Qualifications risk being ‘less relevant’, CBI warns

Qualifications risk being ‘less relevant’, CBI warns

Business leader warns that science and English qualifications risk being seen as 'less relevant' due to reforms, while also calling for a renewed focus on skills, work experience and careers guidance. Pete Henshaw reports. Axing the assessment of both sp…

Pete Henshaw, 18th September 2014
Roll-out of 16 to 19 study programmes ‘too slow’

Roll-out of 16 to 19 study programmes ‘too slow’

The implementation of the new 16 to 19 study programmes in school and academy 6th forms has been “too slow”, Ofsted has said. Last September, a number of changes were made to the education and training of 16 to 19-year-olds. These included ra…

Pete Henshaw, 18th September 2014
Never done nuffink!

Never done nuffink!

“I didn’t do nuffink. Not no how! Never done nuffink!” said the legend that was Dave Mania – for about 35 years. This is what Shakespeare calls the Lie Direct. It was the central dynamic of our pupil-teacher relationship. Dave, lik…

Ian Whitwham, 18th September 2014
Unleash the power of film education

Unleash the power of film education

The Into Film Festival takes place in November, when schools and students will be able to access a wealth of educational opportunities. Sam Wilson previews the event. “I think the festival is a great opportunity for students to not only learn in …

11th September 2014
Interventions to raise attainment

Interventions to raise attainment

Northumberland Park Community School put in place several interventions to raise its English results. Natasha Raheem explains. Northumberland Park serves one of the most deprived wards in greater London. There are more than 1,000 students on roll and t…

Teaching Leaders, 11th September 2014
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