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Greater entitlement to free school meals would reduce stigma, shame ­– and hunger

Rebecca O’Connell, Julia Brannen and Abigail Knight.  The Conservative Manifesto proposes to end free school meals for all at key stage 1 and instead offer primary children free breakfast. What impact would this have? For more than a century the

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, Social sciences and social policy

Priorities for a new government: advice from our academics

The IOE blog has asked colleagues from across the Institute what’s at the top of their wish list. Their replies will appear over the next few weeks.

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy, Special educational needs and psychology

Bridging the story and children’s unique worlds: researching digital personalised books

Natalia Kucirkova.  Personalisation is a buzzword in the business world, especially now that adverts can follow us all over the Internet. But personalisation – or ‘personalised learning’ – has also been a recurring trend in education, with the aim of

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Literacy, Parents, Research matters

The assessment system is unsustainable: how can we make it better?

Gemma Moss.  The Government’s new consultation on primary assessment in England is to be welcomed. The key question is: will it go far enough? The answer to that in large part depends upon how parents, teachers and academics react. What’s

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy, Evidence-based policy, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

How risky is it to be a child?

  Sandra Leaton Gray.  Look at the website of any contemporary newspaper, and you would be forgiven for thinking that childhood was a very dangerous time of life. On rolling news services we see stories about things like toddlers being

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Parents
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