Susan Johnson promotes land-based jobs for young people. read more

Packing for the journey. read more

Currently just 15.7% of all primary school teachers in England are men, yet 83% of parents would like to see more male primary teacherd. Why so few and why so great a desire for more? Former headteacher and education writer Steve Mynard finds out…

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A new programme from the charity Samaritans links in with current initiatives to create an emotionally healthy culture in schools. read more

Child abuse can affect a child’s ability to learn. In the second of two articles, Jenni Whitehead looks at ways of helping such children in the classroom. read more

Marilyn Tew takes a look at what the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training has to tell us about whether current strategies will improve the education on offer to teenagers. read more

Marianne Clarkson looks at the life and work of Maria Montessori. read more

Aim higher coordinator Ivan Holdsworth discusses transition years and the implications these stages have on students’ learning read more

How can you help G&T pupils develop strategies for thinking about their work before rushing in? Peter Levin offers some solutions. read more

The vocational nature of teaching has been eroded by successive government initiatives and we need to take action to preserve it, says Alex Alexandrou, chair of the International Professional Development Asscociation. read more

Sarah Blenkinsop and Marian Morris examine young people’s decision-making patterns, the role their school plays, the skills they require and other influences on the choices they make at core points in their school career. read more

The key change to the curriculum at Key Stage 4 has been to increase the breadth of choice. Alan Monks, Deputy Headteacher, describes the impact on Ellis Guilford School and Sports College, Nottingham

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How can you handle children’s surprise at a new classmate’s disfigurement in a way that is positive for everybody? Jane Frances of Changing Faces offers some practical ideas. read more

Malcolm Rigler and David Loshak outline strategies to improve young people’s health

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In the first episode of her diary, drama teacher Julie Leoni writes about reconciling her emotional literacy programme with the school’s focus on targets and achievement. read more

In the first of two articles, Jenni Whitehead explores present understanding and research on how abuse experienced in childhood affects the child’s developing brain function and how this in turn affects learning

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Under the extended schools agenda, all schools are expected to enhance their community provision and open up their sites to embrace a range of wider community initiatives. Nina Siddle explains how one school in East Yorkshire is developing an innovative garden area, and outlines the key role that school business managers can play in such initiatives read more

Patricia Lee explains how we can help children to acquire ‘pitch’

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Joanne Haine, foundation stage coordinator at Baring Primary School in London, describes how innovative use of ICT made assessment exciting for children and practitioners alike. read more

Susannah Temple, Giles Barrow, Julie Leoni and Trudi Newton describe how teachers can use the principles of transactional analysis (TA) to build relationships that stimulate learning. read more

Teacher and group facilitator Celia Baly describes the challenge of getting out of the way so that children and young people can talk about how emotions affect their experience. read more

Antidote development director Marilyn Tew describes what she learned from a recent seminar on how music education affects student wellbeing. read more

Do students have something constructive to say about their own education? Putting pupil consultation at the forefront of her research into tacking underachievement allowed Helen Lee to highlight some new areas of concern for her school

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Dr Barbara Spender considers the key questions underpinning Every Child Matters implementation from first considerations about individual school priorities, through visibility in specific curriculum areas, to evaluation and measurement of success

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Dr Barbara Spender, Freelance Writer and Researcher, with information supplied by Terry Smith, Assistant Headteacher, Ninestiles Secondary School, Acocks Green, Birmingham

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Locally produced food is increasingly popular in schools and may become more important than going organic, writes Angela Youngman read more

Carole Farrar continues her series on communication with parents. read more

Lev S. Vygotsky is the subject of Steve Mynard’s article on the psychology of child development

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Carole Farrar continues her series by looking at ways to make the most of personal contact with your parents. read more

Dr Tracy Packiam Alloway of the University of Durham has researched the difficulties faced by children who have a low working memory

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Judith Harwood, senior regional adviser for the primary and secondary strategy, describes what one school has been learning from its involvement in the Social, Emotional and Behavioural Skills (SEBS) pilot. read more

Heather Clapp, until recently a behaviour and attendance adviser in Gloucestershire, presents thoughts and reflections on one authority’s experiences of engaging with the pilot programme for Social, Emotional and Behavioural Skills (SEBS)

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Matthew Savage, assistant headteacher, George Mitchell Community School, and Dr Margaret Wood, senior lecturer, York St John University College, explore the role of student voice in evaluating and then improving the learning experience of students in the classroom

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Publishing research is an excellent form of professional development says Stephen Merrill. read more

Peter Wynne-Willson urges settings to bring live theatre to their children. read more

Lisa Crosswood describes the benefits of a modular Masters degree in Education. read more

Sarah Treneer and Claire Kendall describe how they developed a technique for encouraging children to reflect on their own and others’ learning through the use of peer feedback.

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Steve Mynard opens a series of articles on educational thinkers who have influenced our approaches to early education. read more

Patricia Lee continues her exploration of music for young children. read more

Neil Short reports on the result of a small survey into sports provision in schools. read more

James Park, director of Antidote, explains the benefits for everyone in creating and leading an emotionally literate school and shows how it can be done. read more

G&T coordinator Peter Leyland explains how one Luton primary school has found that this thinking technique benefits everybody – students, more-able students and even staff. read more

This activity is about values, language, futurology, ethics and belonging. read more

Design today for tomorrow: this enrichment activity for G&T students looks at an art movement as a starting point for designing and making a product

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How do you provide for your most able pupils within your existing education framework? Carol Cummings and Aileen Hoare describes a programme piloted in Cheshire LA read more

A fun activity to encourage extension and development of vocabulary. read more

Kris Lines takes the story of a girl who wanted to play mixed football after the age of 12, and explains its implications across the spectrum of school sport.

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Nick Smurthwaite explains how the after-school organisation Stagecoach is helping pupils with ability in the dramatic arts. read more

Ask the pupils to imagine a world with no ‘O’ read more

Jane West looks at some misconceptions about giftedness and how to dispel them. read more