More on Mental Health Awareness Week, and PSHE.

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Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 regularly has features on education, children, wellbeing and mental health. This morning was no exception. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and Woman’s Hour ran a very good piece on the work that Place2Be … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the School Play

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Three scenarios, three acts. ACT ONE:            A school in a deprived area of Los Angeles. ACT TWO:           A fictional school in England, categorised by Ofsted as “failing”. ACT THREE:        A secondary school in England and the reality … Continue reading

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Relationships and Knowing Yourself

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It’s Mental Health Awareness week. This year the theme is “Relationships”. For a long time, we’ve been advocates of “Relationships” education – emphasising the “relationships” aspect of “sex and relationships education” by suggesting a reversal of the order of the … Continue reading

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Natasha Devon and children’s mental health

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For those tempted to spend a sunny Sunday morning watching 3 hours of politics with Marr/Peston/Neil and their various guests (including IDS and JHBrewer) we suggest you give your brains a rest and do at least two things that will … Continue reading

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SPaG tests, writing objectives, and forms of assessment

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This brief post is the third in our series reviewing what HMI had to say about the development of children’s writing in their Curriculum Matters series. It has particular potency in the light of this week’s national SPaG tests for … Continue reading

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SPaG tests and writing objectives for 11 year olds

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In our previous post we set out the objectives for children’s writing by the age of 7, as outlined in a booklet written by Her Majesty’s Inspectors in the Curriculum Matters series. Our aim is to compare and contrast what … Continue reading

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SPaG tests – How did we get here? HMI and English from 5 to 16

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Back in the days when HMIs were the most respected force in the land for improving education they published a series of booklets called Curriculum Matters. The first booklet in the series was English 5 – 16. It appeared in … Continue reading

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