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Streaming in schools

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Streaming is no longer commonly used in schools, often viewed as divisive and unfair.  However, some schools have adopted the approach and defend it as a means to stretch and challenge the top cohorts.  Have a look at this video about how it works at Crown Woods, in Eltham, London. 

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.

Schools in the UK - Social Segregation

A major new comparative study from the OECD suggests that the UK's school system is socially segregated, with immigrant children clustered in disadvantaged schools. The extent of the segregation and potential educational disadvantage appears to be more significant than most other developed economies.

You can read about the report here in the Telegraph.  Lots of good data in there.

The OECD conclude from their research that:

"The socio-economic composition of UK schools poses significant challenges for disadvantaged students and students with an immigrant background,"

Child Poverty in the UK - “It Shouldn’t Happen Here”

The charity Save the Children, best known for helping some of the world's poorest families, has launched an appeal to help UK children, focusing the scale and impact of poverty amongst Britain's poorest communities...


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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.

Families - Who’d be a Foster Parent?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A thought-provoking article here which addresses the challenges faced by those in the UK prepared to take on the daunting work of fostering.

According to the Telegraph, there are 87,000 British children in care today. Each one needs a stable, loving environment and children’s homes are a last resort. But with a new child coming into care every 22 minutes, Britain’s fostering system is struggling to cope.

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AQA AS Unit 1 Families and Households Scheme of Work

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I have recently updated my Unit 1 scheme of work (although there are still a few finishing touches that remain).  Please feel free to make use of it or adapt it to suit your students.  If you would like to ask about any of the accompanying resources then please get in touch.

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