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  • SPONSORED: Recognising success in education

    NCFE’s core purpose is to promote and advance learning. What better way to do that, than to recognise learners, educators and educational organisations with our Aspiration Awards. With the current COVID-19 outbreak causing uncertainty and unease across the globe, it certainly seems like an important time to give back, provide recognition and give a sense

    9.30 Mar. 23rd, 2020 | Sponsored post

  • SPONSORED: Formula 1 linked STEM challenge kickstarts engineering careers

    Three boys from deep in the Kent countryside stood on a stage on turn 1 of the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi just days before Formula 1 cars skidded and smoked around the corner at the last race of the F1 season. The boys, ‘Evolve UK’ were crowned F1 in Schools World Champions in

    10.00 Mar. 9th, 2020 | Sponsored post

  • SPONSORED: Fresh start for #FullyFunctional – your pledge of support could make a difference

    The start of a new year always seems like the best time to make resolutions and plans. For NCFE, 2020 sees us approach one year since launching our #FullyFunctional campaign, as part of our ongoing commitment to promote and advance learning for all. Originally launched in April 2019, #FullyFunctional is our ask to the government

    17.17 Feb. 26th, 2020 | Sponsored post

  • SPONSORED: Access, outreach and equal opportunity: Lucy Cavendish College on widening participation and why its admissions policy is changing

    Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, is committed to the widening participation agenda. It recently announced a new admissions policy to accept men, women and non-binary students from 18 years upwards to study at the College, having previously been a college for women aged 21 and over. The change takes effect from October 2021. Jane

    11.00 Feb. 27th, 2020 | Sponsored post

  • Could fixing retention be easier than politicians make out?

    The mistaken belief that money doesn’t matter to teachers has consequences. For too long, policymakers have relied on the altruism of the profession, and retention has suffered, writes Dr Sam Sims Next month, around 30 remarkable individuals will be recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for the contributions they have they made to schools

    5.00 Dec. 1st, 2019 | Opinion

  • Time to get serious about children with additional needs

    The SEND Code of Practice is routinely broken because a number of factors are not being addressed. Simply moving children around the system is not in itself a solution. Recently, the government announced an additional £700 million in high-needs funding, another special educational needs and disabilities review and its intention to expand alternative provision (AP)

    5.00 Sep. 29th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Book review: The Arts in Primary Education

    The Arts in Primary Education adds to the case for the arts to be a fundamental part of the curriculum, not only because they allow new experiences for children who might not otherwise have access to them in their day-to-day lives, but also because allowing children’s creative skills to flourish ought to be given equal

    5.00 Sep. 29th, 2019 | Reviews

  • A hundred years of randomness: Dr Ben Styles on education RCTs

    On Monday around 100 education researchers and users of research gathered at the Royal Statistical Society to celebrate the centenary of the first-ever randomised controlled trial (RCT) in education. It may come as a surprise that the origins of the RCT span at least as far back in education as in medical research. There were

    5.00 Sep. 30th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Amir Arezoo's top edu-blogs of the week, 23 September 2019

    The Things We All Forget @ASTSupportAAli Amjad Ali defines his notion of a mistake in clear terms, and it’s never a question of blame. Multiple factors are at play, “but ultimately we know when highlighted to it that an alternative way would have been better or more correct”. Indeed. Like Ali, I see a lot

    5.00 Sep. 28th, 2019 | Reviews

  • SPONSORED: The Complete Literacy Solution

    Background As an education company with a passion for reading at its core, Renaissance’s founding objective has been to encourage children to read and enjoy reading. Using its understanding of the educational environment, Renaissance has developed a range of products, available individually and as part of a complete literacy solution, that support a child’s natural

    10.00 Sep. 26th, 2019 | Sponsored post

  • No more heroes. Time to change the record on school leadership

    Let’s celebrate “expert leaders”, say Jen Barker and Tom Rees, and stop always talking about charismatic, dynamic, inspirational leaders Both of us have learnt the hard way that school leadership can be complex and challenging. Of course we remember the moments when the proverbial was hitting the fan and problems had to be dealt with,

    5.00 Sep. 22nd, 2019 | Opinion