Book Reviews

Young lives, big ambitions: Transforming life chances for vulnerable children and teens

Its recommendations for education may be under-developed but the overall effect is highly motivating nonetheless

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How Learning Happens: Seminal works in educational psychology and what they mean in practice (second edition)

With many useful and in-depth additions, this second edition is a must-read – but with care

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The Magical Place We Call School: Creating a Safe Space for Learning and Happiness in a Challenging World

Howdy pardner! Afore you mosey on past this here ree-view, how’dya like a slice of ma Meemaw’s apple pie…

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Reading Lessons: The books we read at school, the conversations they spark and why they matter

Unlike any education book you’ve read, this one deserves to hit the mainstream for its mix of nostalgia and…

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As we begin: Dispositions of mind, learning and the brain in early childhood

This passionate case for child-centred learning in the early years lacks realism about implementing its ideas

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Schools of thought: Lessons to learn from schools doing things differently

This book offers an enriching and varied tour of the best that schools around the globe have to offer

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Blog Reviews

The Conversation – with Jess Mahdavi-Gladwell

Better meetings, the interconnectedness of inequality, defining professionalism and buildng belonging

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The Conversation – with Shekeila Scarlett

Wellbeing around exams, swallowing the frog as a leadership mantra, and a research-informed book by year 5 and 6…

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The Conversation – with Frances Akinde

This week’s conversation covers neurodiversity narratives in the run-up to elections and a pay gap that too often goes…

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The Conversation – with Fiona Atherton

A controversial court case, the difference between kindness and niceness, and the toll of waiting for ‘the call’

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The Conversation – with Rob Gasson

A falling out over research, ongoing controversy over Amanda Spielman’s legacy and redefining school trusts as anchor institutions

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The Conversation – with Sarah Gallagher

Setting, workload and pay, supporting TAs to work with pupils with SEND, and teaching consent

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Research Reviews

The Knowledge

What are key considerations when planning CPD?

It’s crucial to consider not just the what but also the how of professional development activity for maximum impact

JL Dutaut
Ourania Ventista and C.J. Rauch
The Knowledge

The Knowledge. How to ensure CPD has classroom impact

Opportunities to recombine learning in novel contexts are just as important as ‘chunking’ professional development in the first place,…

JL Dutaut
Dr Sam Sims and Dr Briony Banks
The Knowledge

The Knowledge. How can we close the political engagement gap?

A new study reveals inequalities in the development of political engagement and offers policies to close the gap

JL Dutaut
Bryony Hoskins
The Knowledge

Work experience: the missing ingredient for social mobility

A new report sheds light on why limited access to quality work experience stops talent rising to the top

JL Dutaut
Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel
The Knowledge

How multi-academy trusts are supporting pupils with SEND

A new report shows collaboration offers crucial support for SENCOs – but it’s no substitute for government action

JL Dutaut
Lillian Flemons
The Knowledge

What do we really know about ‘managed moves’?

A new report sheds light on the practice of managed moves and calls for urgent government action to improve…

JL Dutaut
Whitney Crenna-Jennings