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Parents and Educational attainment

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Supportive parents do more than good schools to boost children's exam results, a study suggests.  The BBC highlight a new report from the US telling us what we probably already know!  Read about it here . 

Education around the World - Compare and Contrast these Classrooms

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A fascinating series of images here in this Guardian photostream  which illustrate a variety of classroom environments around the globe.

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Disadvantage and socialisation

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

BBC's Panorama showed a fantastic programme this evening, looking at life on a housing estate in Blackburn, 'Trouble on the Estate '.  The programme is available online and provides fantastic opportunities for discussing issues relating to crime and deviance as well as socialisation and social inequality.

Should children be allowed to be Fifty Shades of Grey?

Saturday, September 01, 2012

BBC magazine carried an article a couple of days ago about issues surrounding censorship and the media. In short, the debate was whether or not there should be similar controls on book sales as there are on television (the watershed) and film (age restrictions). Certainly a fertile topic for discussion with lots of scope to develop ideas relating to childhood and the influence of the media.

Teen gangs programme

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

This looks like a potentially interesting programme, tonight at 9pm.
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Crime and Deviance - London riots

Monday, December 05, 2011

The government published last week their interim report on the violence during the summer.  You can find it here.

The LSE and the Guardian newspaper also carried out research, interviewing many of those involved.  The findings are summarised in an article here.

Gender and educational achievement

Saturday, October 22, 2011

An interesting link I came across recently which explores the issue of boys underachievement at GCSE in more depth.  There is a chapter you can download, along with a presentation, both of which contain useful information that could be adapted for use with sixth-former, or potentially GCSE students.

African-Caribbean underachievement

Friday, October 21, 2011

Interesting and baldly stated article about reasons for underachievement by black boys.  A good starting point for a lesson.


Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Looks like a good programme from Laurie Taylor on subcultures. Work on women and heavy metal from a researcher at York University and pop fandom from a Texan student who has relocated and conducted her research from the sunny climes of University of Sunderland. Expert comment from Angela McRobbie.

Risk and Resilience in Nottingham

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Well, I bet it’s Notttingham or maybe somewhere nearby like Derby.  Most interesting guest this week on Laurie Taylor’s show is Kaye Haw from Nottingham University.  Unfortunately there is only a link to an abstract of her article on young people, but it looks like one to check out.  A job for me when the marking season is over perhaps. And I’ve caught up on a few other resource productions.

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