World government data
This excellent site was created by the Guardian newspaper to provide a single portal to the increasing number of free open access data websites maintained by national governments worldwide. Many of these sites include full text data sets, statistics which the public can download free of charge. Search the list for individual subject areas (covering all forms of domestic policy - health, education, defence, crime, economic policy, finance and census and population materials) or browse the directo
Google Public Data explorer
Google Public Data Explorer is a tool developed by Google Labs which enables members of the public to search for statistical data, explore it and visualize it in graphs and tables. It is intended to cover nations worldwide and all areas of social, economic, demographic and political data. The site is still in Beta with collections being added. It currently includes population data worldwide, some data from the World Bank, OECD and from American statistical agencies. Users should however, remembe
Leicestershire Statistics and Research Online (LSRO)
Leicestershire Statistics and Research Online (LSRO) is an excellent example of a community resource developed by a consortium of public bodies. It draws together in one place publically accessible statistics, data sets and official reports relating to Leicestershire. It is possible for users to search for the latest information and generate graphs and data relating to their local community. All aspects of local government services, policing, health services and population areas are covered. Tec
Fabian Society online archive
The Fabian Society online archive is maintained by LSE Archives, which is based at the London School of Economics and political Science. It provides free access to an online library of over 580 full text pamphlets, minute books and tracts from the Fabian Society. The items have been published from 1884-1997 and cover a wide range of topics relating to British social, economic and political history. They include: electoral reform; foreign policy (such as colonialism, the Cold War and relations wi
The end of the post-1992 European legal order?
Organised by Insitute of European Public Law, to be held at Wilberforce Institute for Slavery and Emancipation Hull United Kingdom from 2009-06-25 to 2009-06-26
Hospitality and regeneration
Organised by Royal Geographical Society and the Institute of British Geographers, to be held at Manchester United Kingdom from 2009-08-26 to 2009-08-28
British Institute of International & Comparative Law Annual Conference
Organised by British Institute of International & Comparative Law, to be held at British Institute of International and Comparative Law London United Kingdom from 2009-06-05 to 2009-06-05
Turning the Tables: Transforming School Food
This resource is the final report of the School Meals Review Panel, who are an expert panel involving representation from schools, school caterers, public health and environmental interests considered evidence about the state of school meals and made 35 recommendations for improvement, including a set of Standards for school meals to be fully implemented in all schools by 2009. In view of current concerns about school meals, the resource will be of interest to tutors, teachers and trainees.
Practicum’s (Teaching Experience) contribution to students’ learning to teach
Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2006. This paper reports on early findings of a long-term research project being carried out by the practicum (professional experience) team in the Faculty of Education (Epsom campus) at The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Making teaching fit: embodiment, gender and performance in Beginning Teachers’ working lives
This is a paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2006. The research was intended to explore “gendered social realities negotiated by Beginning Teachers in the constitution of their new professional identities”.
Can listening to background music improve children’s behaviour and performance in mathematics?
This is a paper presented at the British Educational Research Association Conference, University of Warwick, 11-14 September 1997. The resource is a summary of two empirical studies designed to explore the effects of background music on children’s behaviour and their learning of mathematics.
The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills
The Education and Inspections Act 2006, which established the new Ofsted, set out three overriding considerations for Ofsted 1) to promote improvement in the public services they inspect or regulate 2) to ensure that these services focus on the interests of the children, parents, adult learners and employers who use them 3) to see that these services are efficient and effective This is the first annual report undertaken within Ofsted's wider remit, and is intended to establish some form of b
Introduction This unit considers the way that judges make law, how the common law system works and the advantages and disadvantages of a system like the British one that relies heavily on such rules and rule making. The unit will set out the basic differences between ‘civil code’ systems and ‘common law’ systems, and consider the relationship between judge-made law and statutory law. This unit is an adapted extract from the course Author(s):
This unit considers the way that judges make law, how the common law system works and the advantages and disadvantages of a system like the British one that relies heavily on such rules and rule making. The unit will set out the basic differences between ‘civil code’ systems and ‘common law’ systems, and consider the relationship between judge-made law and statutory law.
This unit is an adapted extract from the course Author(s):
Promoting children’s social and emotional wellbeing in primary education
In March 2008, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published public health guidance on how to develop social and emotional wellbeing in primary education. It is written for a wide audience including the NHS, local authorities, the wider public, voluntary and community sectors and the private sector. As such it has wide influence.
Perceptions of Masters level PGCE
This research paper was presented at the 2008 British Educational Research Association (BERA) annual conference. It reports the initial findings of a pilot research study funded by the Education Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy (ESCalate) which sought to track the progress and effect of PGCE/M level provision in England, through investigating the opinions of a range of stakeholders in relation to the perceived benefits of the Masters level component of this qualification.
Working Together: The Reform of Public Services
The Prime Minister has announced changes to education as part of the Government’s reform of public services entitled 'Working Together'. The policy is underpinned by a model of public involvement in the evaluation of services that the report likens to the feedback on websites such as Amazon and eBay. Choice and Personalisation for users of services are also emphasised, whilst proposing greater professional autonomy for some service providers in shaping provision to meet local needs.
Going to School in India - Going to School in a Bus
This is one of eight short Teachers TV programmes in the series Going to School in India. The series, which has won a number of awards and been shown at many film festivals, was created by a former British teacher, Lisa Hydlauff, and is based on her DVD first published March 2007, which in turn was developed from her earlier book. The book, DVD and Teachers TV broadcasts are supported by a website. The title of this programme may be somewhat misleading, as it follows a young boy in Mumbai attend
Progressive Education in the 1940s: Video
This is a seven minute 16 second video clip posted on You Tube which presents a positive view of progressive education in the USA in the 1940s. Commencing with a critique of traditional forms of education, the video features a number of educationalists, including John Dewey, presenting arguments in favour of progressive forms of education. The video has been posted by Daniel J.B. Mitchell, Professor Emeritus at the Anderson Graduate School of Management and the School of Public Affairs, UCLA.
Without the Golden Handcuffs: Identity and belonging in challenging schools
This paper was first presented at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference in 2009. The paper is part of the doctoral research conducted by Jo McIntyre at the University of Nottingham. The research was based in three schools in the Midlands which are within socially deprived areas, exploring the reasons why twenty teachers within challenging areas and schools have chosen to embed their professional careers within these settings. It seeks to establish their motivations for t
Engaging public support for eradicating UK poverty
This publication is one of a series of review articles (or ‘Round-ups’) for public consumption for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). Written in September 2009, it examines various aspects of attitudes to poverty in the UK, drawing upon a range of findings from the JRF ‘Public Interest in Poverty Issues’ Programme, for which the author is Programme Advisor. This review examines public attitudes to poverty, what can influence them, and how public support could be enlisted to realise an