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 Social inequalities – the report card

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Heather Joshi and Emla Fitzsimons . In his speech to the 1999 Labour Party conference Tony Blair compared two babies in adjacent beds on a maternity ward, delivered by the same doctors and midwives but with two ‘totally different lives

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

Whatever happened to Extended Schools? A question at the heart of education

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Peter Moss. The question in the headline is the title of a new book published by UCL IOE Press. It’s written by Doug Martin and based on research in four North of England schools and communities. But the question is

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy, Social sciences and social policy

Ending gender violence in schools: what works and what does research tell us?

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Jenny Parkes.  Every day, girls around the world face physical, sexual and psychological violence in and around schools. A male teacher may seek to exchange grades for sex; a member of the community may abuse a girl on her way

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Evidence-based policy, International development

When reading turns from chore to pleasure

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Sally Perry. Of the many roles performed by the children’s or school librarian perhaps the most mystical is that of matchmaker: matching books with readers. Joy Court*, reviews editor of The School Librarian, describes the specialist children’s librarian mantra as

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

At the school gate: do parents make friends with those different to themselves?

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Carol Vincent.  As primary schools round the country return from holiday, ‘school gate’ relationships are picking up where they left off. The importance of these relationships to adults delivering and picking up their children, can be gauged by their regular

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Parents