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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

Inequalities in education and society: the home, the school and the power of reading

This blog is based on Professor Alice Sullivan’s inaugural professorial lecture, presented at the UCL Institute of Education on 18 June 2019 Much of my work concerns the way that advantage and disadvantage are passed down from one generation to

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, Language and literacy

The early years – moving beyond ‘splashes of colour here and there’

IOE Events. Our latest IOE debate looked at the start of the educational journey – the early years. What would we need to do in order to secure world-leading early years provision? The answer from our panel is one that

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy, IOE debates

Parental leave: what is it for and how do we make it work?

Peter Moss. Leave policies for parents (maternity, paternity and parental leave) are high on today’s policy agenda, not only in higher income countries but around the world. A recent International Labour Organisation (ILO) survey found all bar two countries (Papua

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Posted in Childhood & early education, International comparisons, Parents, Social sciences and social policy

Baseline assessment: will early childhood education be further commercialised?

Guy Roberts-Holmes.  Last month the Department for Education (DfE) invited primary schools to volunteer to take part in the national Reception Baseline Assessment 2 (RBA2) test pilot planned for September 2019. If successful, it will be made statutory for all

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Posted in accountability and inspection, Childhood & early education
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