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Education in quarantine: what can we learn from early childhood educators in China?

  Jie Gao and Clare Brooks. While we are marching towards the third week of lockdown in the UK, Chinese early childhood practitioners are busy preparing for the re-opening of kindergartens after more than two months of quarantine. We asked

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Mind the gap: will home learning reinforce inequality and what can we do about it?

Clare Brooks, Eleanor Kitto and Carole Scott. In the first of two blog posts on home learning and young children in these extraordinary times, we highlighted how clear and practical research evidence can help schools and parents find principles to guide

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Educating young children at home: key lessons from research

Clare Brooks, Eleanor Kitto and Carole Scott. The closure of schools and early years settings to all except for the children of key workers will have a profound impact on all parents, particularly those with young children.  Without adequate data as

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‘Too many tests for no good reason’: what do parents really think about primary assessment?

Alice Bradbury. The debate about testing in primary schools is usually dominated by teachers and unions – who decry the pressures associated with statutory test – and the government – who argue testing is necessary to hold schools to account.

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Childhood & early education, Education policy, Parents, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Oracy: children’s skills are skewed by deprivation and privilege. How can schools bridge the gap?

Julie Dockrell. An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been set up to make Parliament and the public aware of how important the ability to communicate is as a life skill and the impact communication difficulties have on people’s lives. The

Posted in Childhood & early education, Language and literacy, Special educational needs and psychology
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