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At a glance headlines: March 19, 2015

A resource supporting employer engagement, new Apprenticeship courses, and a global poetry competition are among the SecEd at a glance headlines for March 19, 2015. Employer links A “Connect Card”, offering a checklist of five key questions …

19th March 2015
Case study: Driving whole-school literacy

Case study: Driving whole-school literacy

With so many pupils not speaking English at home, literacy was proving a key barrier to achievement at Lorna Owen’s school. She discusses the action taken to tackle this problem.   Holyhead School has its challenges. The school is situated in…

Future Leaders, 12th March 2015
Pupils reading 209,533 words a year each, but concerns remain about drop at secondary level

Pupils reading 209,533 words a year each, but concerns remain about drop at secondary level

The number of words children read every year begins to decline when they reach year 7 and continues to fall throughout much of secondary school, the annual What Kids Are Reading report has revealed. The survey is based on the reading habits of 580,309 …

5th March 2015
Frank Lampard aims to inspire as national literacy ambassador

Frank Lampard aims to inspire as national literacy ambassador

England and Manchester City footballer Frank Lampard has been appointed an official ambassador for the National Literacy Trust in a bid to inspire young people – particular boys – to get reading. Mr Lampard, who is now a children’s au…

29th January 2015
Shakespeare and drama across the school

Shakespeare and drama across the school

A whole-school, cross-curricular approach to drama can help develop an amazing set of skills in your students. Head of drama Morgan Melhuish discusses some of his strategies.   There is a current argument that the arts are soft skills, not what uni…

29th January 2015
German painting inspires prize-winning student’s ‘Dinggedicht’

German painting inspires prize-winning student’s ‘Dinggedicht’

A student at a Northamptonshire school has won a prestigious prize for a poem inspired by a famous German painting.  Ninety secondary students from across the UK took part in the Dinggedicht Poetry Competition, run by the Institute of Modern Langu…

Emma Lee-Potter, 22nd January 2015
Prime minister joins thousands in signing Anne Frank Declaration

Prime minister joins thousands in signing Anne Frank Declaration

The prime minister has showed his continuing support for Holocaust education by signing the Anne Frank Declaration at 10 Downing Street. The declaration was written by the Anne Frank Trust UK in 1998 and seeks to remind us what can happen when prejudic…

15th January 2015
At the chalkface: Private voices

At the chalkface: Private voices

I’ve been doing a lot of judging over the hols, of a creative writing competition for pupils, taught by teachers I taught. Good eh? We’re passing things on. They seek my dotard wisdom – it gets me out of bed and makes me feel important. …

Ian Whitwham, 8th January 2015
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
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