#KidsStrike3rdMay – Let Kids Be Kids

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We can’t let #KidsStrike3rdMay go by without publishing a blog post on this superb intiative that’s put high stakes tests back on England’s national agenda. “Sats are making learning nit-picky and joyless “: One parent’s open letter explaining why she … Continue reading

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Modern Gardens: Inspiration and Creativity

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Claude Monet said, “The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration”. For those who were able to see “Painting the Modern Garden” exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London there was richness, nature and inspiration … Continue reading

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Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph and Spring in London

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Some days, London is a truly inspiring city to live in and visit. Today was one of those days. Following a visit to “Painting the Modern Garden“, on its final day at the Royal Academy of Arts, we ventured into … Continue reading

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Education: A fresh start for the Labour Party

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Yesterday we were asked the following question on Twitter by @corbyn50plus, in response to a remark about education: “What do you think Labour can do besides oppose Tory policy?” It’s an important question. For years it’s been pointed out that … Continue reading

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Managing mental health and children self-harming

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In the depths of the Guardian’s website today we found the following article (a website that still doesn’t carry an “education” link on its home page menu, in spite of our requests for it to do so: clearly football, fashion … Continue reading

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Warning! Don’t eat this food!

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Professor John Ashton of the Faculty of Public Health was on BBC Radio 4’s World at One today speaking about children’s health. One of our major food manufacturers has seen a need to put a warning label on a range … Continue reading

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Mental Wellbeing: The Need for Personal and Social Development

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We know that there’s been an increase in mental health problems for young people. This should concern everybody – teachers, parents and the whole of society. Depression and stress, self-harming, the inability to be resilient in the face of significant … Continue reading

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