Teachers TV Kids and Crime Week
This week (2 - 8 June), Teachers TV features programmes exploring what schools and local communities are doing to raise awareness about gang culture, and focus on measures to help make young people safer.
The value of social care professionals working in extended schools
The resource is a report based upon research conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research into multi-agency working within extended schools, considering the impact of social care professionals in particular. It is therefore strongly linked to the roll out of Every Child Matters (ECM) and bound up in the new multi-disciplinary environment in such schools. It is based upon case studies, an audit of local authority practice, and interviews with relevant individuals and agencies wor
White boys from low-income backgrounds: good practice in schools
This "report on a small survey of good practice" was undertaken by Ofsted in 20 schools across England, which were "identified from inspection evidence and discussion with local authorities" to be schools "where white British boys from low-income backgrounds performed better in public tests and examinations than their counterparts in other schools". These schools were mainly in areas with high levels of deprivation, although a few of them had a minority of boys from low-income families on roll,
Reframing Literacy: A United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) conference about moving image medi
The UKLA conference was held at the British Film Institute (BFI) on 13th and 14th November 2008 and attended by teachers, teacher educators and representatives from the local authority and the film industry. The conference proposed that ‘media literacy’ be recognised and taught within the wider context of literacy rather than as a separate subject and offered three perspectives: • Leading learning in moving image media education – aimed at local authority literacy advisors • Developi
14 – 19 Diploma Initial Teacher Training: Strand 2 regional network meetings
Regional network meetings were held in London, Birmingham and Leeds on 27th, 29th and 30th April 2009 for ITT sector colleagues involved in the planning and delivery of Strand 2 Diploma experience for trainees. The Strand 2 programme enables some initial teacher trainees to obtain two weeks’ experience of Diploma teaching and learning which is additional to the route to Qualified Teacher Status which the trainee is undertaking. The meetings - which were attended by provider, school and Local A
Curiosity Kits: The impact of non-fiction book bags on boys’ reading at home
This 2001 NFER Topic (now PRE-Online) article reports on a small-scale pilot project which was supported by the National Year of Reading (1998–99) and the UK Reading Association, as well as publishers and other businesses. This research involved placing sets of book bags (‘Curiosity Kits’) in four Year 4 classes across the country, and monitoring the home-school reading patterns of these pupils compared with four control classes. The kits, contained in sports bags, comprised at least one
Government Action Plan in Response to Lord Laming
On 12 March 2009, Lord Laming published "The Protection of Children in England: A Progress Report". The Government accepted the recommendations contained in the report and stated that they would publish a plan of action at a later date. This action plan has now been released and outlines the Government's responses to the recommendations including how ‘Central Government' will work with ‘local government' and front line services. These, in turn, include teachers, teaching assistants, school
Inspirations - Building Sights
The resource is a Teachers TV video that records the design and construction of a new classroom for a rural primary school considering the local environment, issues of sustainability and cost in its development.
Taking control: how teachers use research
This 2004 PRE-Online article draws on the findings of a National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) report, to identify the barriers preventing teachers from using research to inform their practice, as well as to highlight some of the ways Local Authorities have helped to remove these. The project also examined the barriers to accessing, engaging with, carrying out and sharing research, as well as evincing why teachers should be interested in using it.
Leading Sustainable Schools
The research document produced for NCSL looks into sustainability in schools, how these schools are being lead in a successful sustainable manner and the barriers that can prevent success. This document attempts to consider the issue of leadership for sustainability within the context of the wide spread changes in the English education system including buildings and grounds, curriculum and assessment, the relationship between schools and their local communities, the merging of education and chi
Developing your school's strategy for community engagement
The resource is a microsite, accessed from the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) website. It provides information and resources to support secondary specialist schools in developing work with their local community, which has recently become a pre-requisite for retaining specialist school status.
KS1/2 Music - Managing Music at KS1
This is a 15 minute Teachers TV programme documenting two Year 1 music lessons, including reflection on and discussion about the lessons between the class teacher and the local authority music advisor.
Promoting Creativity in Initial Teacher Education; a study by tutors and students at Canterbury Chri
The resource is a research paper that forms part of a much wider initiative, the Higher Education Arts and Schools (HEARTS) project, and specifically discusses the development of a collaborative project between the education faculty at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) and local schools. Entitled ‘Strangely Familiar’, the researchers aimed to demonstrate the impact of involvement in the Arts on creative teaching and thinking.
Communities in recession: the impact on deprived neighbourhoods
This ‘Round-up’ reviews the evidence from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s body of research and neighbourhood level unemployment data 1985-2009, comparing the social and economic consequences on specific deprived areas of the UK. Comparisons are made with two former recessions (of the early 1980s and 1990s) with the recession of 2008-9. It reports on the extent to which these identified communities shared in, or were excluded from, the benefits of the economic growth of the intervening yea
The Common Assessment Framework for children and young people: A guide for practitioners
This resource is a guide to the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) which has been designed to be used by all practitioners who work with children and young people. The CAF itself seeks to give a common approach for use by all children’s services and in all local areas to support with the identification of children’s needs. This resource offers guidance to indicate when a common assessment should be completed, and by whom, along with guidance on how a good assessment can be carried out. The do
How to Make the Most of Teachers TV - CPD Leaders
This Teachers TV video, recorded in three different educational settings, explores how Continuing Professional Development (CPD) leaders, school leaders and local authorities are using Teachers TV to support professional development programmes.
Sci-tutors: Scientific Enquiry: Ideas and Evidence
This article on the Sci-tutors website explores the conceptual barriers to understanding the nature of science or 'how science works'. In general many scientists and science educators do not have a clearly articulated view on the subject and it remains a disputed field. It seems clear that 'doing science' is an activity that all humans engage in to some extent and that it requires curiosity, intellectual honesty and a search for understanding, explanation and application in the contexts of obser
Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Wales
This resource is the review of Local Authority Social Services and Local Safeguarding Children Boards of the arrangements to safeguard and protect children in Wales. The report summarises the main messages and findings from CSSIW’s (Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales) programme to verify the self assessments completed by every local authority and local safeguarding board in Wales.
Evaluation of the Making Good Progress Pilot
The resource is the final evaluation report of the Making Good Progress Pilot. Commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the pilot was launched in June 2007 to respond to the continuing challenge of raising educational achievement. This is an independent evaluation completed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP which reports on the two year project and assesses the effectiveness of the approaches used by the participating Local Authorities in raising attainment.
LETS: A community development
This unit enables you to hear about some of the participants in the Local Exchange and Trading Schemes (LETS). These are associations of people who make offers of goods and services to and from each other. What is on offer and the requests people make are listed in local directories.