Pupils from all seven Schoolsworks schools have taken part in the academy trust's first ever short story writing competition. Children across all schools were challenged to write a creative short story of their choice. The entries were judged across three age categories, and the winners and runners-up were presented with book vouchers and certificates.
Toy and book seller OnBuy.com took to analysing 2018 reading data from YouGov* to determine which classic books are no longer cherished, and which 21st century children’s classics may replace forgotten titles in 2018.
OnBuy found Robert Louis Stephenson’s timeless classic Treasure Island has seen the steepest decline in readership of all the books listed by 6-17-year-olds – with as little as 19% choosing to pick up the title. Overall, half of adults (49%) have read the book – including 80% of those aged over 65 and 73% of those aged 55-64.
National policy agreement and local business leadership essential - CBI Businesses, the Government and learning providers must take a fresh approach to skills in 2018.
In a new report, In Perfect Harmony, the UK’s leading business group argues that 28 skills reforms in 30 years have alienated firms, confused learning providers and failed to deliver on skills needs.
A Leeds City College tutor has won a second publishing contract to create a series of comic books for low level reading.
Children who enter reception with poor English language skills – whether it’s their first language or an additional language – are more likely to struggle academically and have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in later years, finds a new study co-authored by UCL and Royal Holloway and funded by Wellcome.
The research, published in Child Development, found the cognitive advantages of bilingualism tend to help with academic achievement only if English skills are sufficient at school entry for the child to be fully engaged.
While the softened, non-legislative path to drive English schools to become academies within a wider multi-academy trust (MAT) seems an inevitability, let’s remember that it’s also a path that remains at the heart of the Department for Education plans.