We generally accept the grouping and streaming of children by their ability as part of mainstream educational practice, especially during secondary years. But is it really necessary and does it serve the learners well? Concerns have been raised about it again recently because of the government’s intention to introduce grouping of children in Key Stage... Read more »
Full name: Ross Mountney
Ex-teacher and home educator, writer and author of books on home education and parenting.
A little while ago we looked at how gender stereotyping can have a detrimental effect on our children’s confidence, achievement and opportunities. (Read the piece here) Another effect recently reported is that gender stereotyping early on can also contribute to the huge discrepancy between the amount of girls and boys who choose subjects like science,... Read more »
After the recent budget we all brace ourselves for cuts. Although unimaginable figures are promised to improve services, we know there will be hidden economies which will affect us locally through diminished resources – mostly in terms of staffing. There’ll be less policemen, less staff in hospitals and surgeries, and less funding for schools to... Read more »
You would assume that parents, teachers, educators, and anyone involved with children’s development and learning would have their actions and intentions firmly based in values. However, many professionals are under pressure. And value led approaches are often sidelined in the frenetic rush to keep on top of outcomes and results at the expense of more... Read more »
We can easily spot the signs of ill health in our children; things like coughing, listlessness or runny noses are pretty simple examples. What are more difficult to spot are the signs of diminishing mental health. Yet mental health issues still seem to be on the rise. And as was reported recenly, charities like Childline... Read more »