An alternative to over-subscribed schools

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It’s a difficult and anxious time of year for parents wanting to secure school places for their children. One report says that the selection process has become increasingly complex as places in popular areas are over-subscribed. Another article suggests that because of this, children from poorer areas can often be the ones who miss out... Read more »

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Lego’s research into play based learning

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It may be a company with commercial interests but can Lego change the way we approach early education in this country? There was a very interesting piece in the press lately about the concerns the Lego Foundation have over the neglect of play-based learning. They are funding a research project to investigate its effect. Play... Read more »

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Interest-led learning and how it works

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Many home educating families use the children’s own interests around which to build their education. If you’re used to the prescriptive curricula approach to education familiar in schools it can be quite hard to see how this could be successful. However, as home educated young people who have learnt in this way begin to graduate... Read more »

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Are schools doing enough to promote good mental health?

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Recently, UK schools have started introducing Mindfulness classes, in order to ‘help teenagers’ mental fitness’. Although there is little empirical evidence to prove that exercises such as these make any difference, it is still early days. The classes are being treated as an experiment to see if these mindfulness exercises can protect young people from... Read more »

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