• All talk and lots of action

    Supporting all pupils to develop their speech, language and communication skills is everybody’s responsibility and can be a part of every lesson Speech, language and communication needs, or SLCN, is the most common special educational need within state-funded primary schools. But, while the identification of SLCN has increased by about 70 per cent in recent

    7.30 May. 10th, 2015 | Opinion

  • While some children get Apple Watches - others go hungry

    Half of my facebook timeline are excited about a £500 Apple Watch; the other half are despairing over news that teachers are spending their own cash to feed, wash and clothe increasingly poor children. What a world we live in. When first learning of today’s NAHT survey, and its finding that teachers are paying from their own

    10.35 May. 1st, 2015 | Opinion

  • If you’re poor, you won’t turn up to school

    School-Home Support can offer practical help to schools, families and pupils. Pupils like Dana, 7, who was missing 30 per cent of her lessons Department for Education absence statistics show a welcome reduction in the number of children who are persistently absent from school. About 67,000 fewer children missed 15 per cent or more of

    6.00 May. 1st, 2015 | Opinion

  • Let’s give young carers the pupil premium

    The UK’s 160,000 young carers do not do as well as their peers at school. Giving them the pupil premium is one way to lower their barriers to learning At the most recent party conference events, politicians were asked about the addition of young carers to the pupil premium. Minister for schools David Laws said

    7.30 Oct. 25th, 2014 | Opinion

  • How to raise confidence and aspirations in girls

    Last week we reported that many fewer girls are studying vocational subjects than boys. Mentors benefit everyone, but maybe they can play a particularly important role in developing confidence in girls Don’t you think feminism is going too far? I mean, shouldn’t everybody have equal opportunities, regardless of who they are? What about the boys?”

    7.30 Oct. 19th, 2014 | Opinion

  • Stereotypes run deep. Let’s change them

    Changing the perception that engineering is a job for the boys will take time, team effort and sustained commitment Figures compiled by the Women’s Engineering Society tell a shocking story about gender stereotyping in the UK. Only 7 per cent of the engineering workforce is female. Only 3.4 per cent of engineering and manufacturing apprentices

    10.58 Oct. 17th, 2014 | Opinion

  • Right Angles: More than one angle on wearing the niqab

    A student sent home for flouting uniform code is not exactly a hard-hitting story. But in a case this week the newspapers were all over just such a story for the simple reason that the student was muslim and her transgression was the wearing of the niqab, a face-covering veil. Reported first by the BBC,

    17.10 Sep. 26th, 2014 | Opinion