The government has launched a new online tool for schools across the country to give parents and carers the best possible advice and tips on preparing children for adult life. Children now grow up in a world where computer technology and life on the internet is the norm. With access at their fingertips, it can be even … Continue reading Preparing children for adult life
Promoting the education of looked-after children
Multi-agency Training and Tool "Charlie" In response to the nationally recognised poor educational outcomes for Children Looked After, Somerset Children’s services have developed a multi-agency training tool called “Charlie”. Charlie is a fictional character, a looked-after child. He has finished his year 11 studies and disappointingly has not achieved his expected targets. Background We know … Continue reading Promoting the education of looked-after children
School leaders’ highest ambition is to close disadvantage gap
The House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts has published a report on funding for disadvantaged pupils which examines the impact of the Pupil Premium. A concern is that Government distributes core funding for schools on the basis of an old formula which results in inequalities in the core funding received by schools with very similar levels of … Continue reading School leaders’ highest ambition is to close disadvantage gap
Educational outcomes of children in foster care
New research finds limited evidence that being in foster care is to blame for the poor educational outcomes of children Findings from research A literature review undertaken collaboratively by researchers in the School for Policy Studies and Graduate School of Education University of Bristol and the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education and Education Department, University of Oxford has just … Continue reading Educational outcomes of children in foster care
Gender stereotypes make teenagers more accepting of violence Teenagers' opinions about when violence is acceptable or not can be influenced by the way they perceive men and women and the relationships between them. Simply telling young people that violence is wrong won’t stop it happening. Schools need to teach children about gender and sexuality first … Continue reading Gender stereotypes
Groundbreaking move by government
The government has launched a new online tool for schools across the country to give parents and carers the best possible advice and tips on preparing children for adult life. Children now grow up in a world where computer technology and life on the internet is the norm. With access at their fingertips, it can be even … Continue reading Groundbreaking move by government
Why Virtual Schools Should Support Adopted Children
An interesting blog piece written from the perspective of an adoptive parent, Gareth Marr.
“Adopted children are likely to be the most traumatised children in the country. They have been adopted because they cannot go back to their birth family. Their life and sanity is so threatened that they have to be totally severed from their previous existence. Many Children in Care will go back to their birth families. Those with Special Guardianship Orders or Child Arrangement Orders can have contact with their birth family. Their identity, who they are, where they come from, has not been severed and they have not been placed with strangers.”
This quote came from my presentation to a seminar my Local Authority held in June on extending the support of our Virtual School to adopted and other vulnerable children. You can see the programme here: Agenda-DCS seminar programme It caused a few gasps amongst the audience of children care professionals and Virtual School staff. Of course they will have…
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Countering radicalisation in schools
Many factors contribute to a pupil's susceptibility to radicalisation, but what exactly should schools be looking out for? Blog written by Sally-Ann Griffiths, e-safety expert. Posted in School life by Rebecca Paddick | June 22, 2015 | Originally appeared in source: academy today It’s tempting to think that ISIL exists only in a remote, far-flung place, and online radicalisation of schoolchildren … Continue reading Countering radicalisation in schools
Attachment aware schools
Sustainable change happens when all parts of a system come together with a shared belief about the factors intrinsic to making a difference.
Read this great blog about ‘attachment awareness’ in schools. It’s a wonderful ‘good news’ story.
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The Minis go back to school tomorrow. It used to fill me with dread and fear. The phone calls would start. I would constantly check my phone, to see if the school had phoned, to tell me the latest awful thing they had done. Collecting them for school, would always involve the walk of shame, “can we have a word please”, the look from other parents.
High school should have been even worse. It’s a massive school. It’s huge! There are millions of students, swarming around like ants. The school has a great academic record, and an even better behaviour stance. We shouldn’t have lasted long at all. This is their last year. Only another 9 months and we will have made it. So how come the high school has been so positive? There are many reasons, but these are my top tips for attachment aware school…
- Good communication between…
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