Latest News and Reports

We have pulled together some of the latest news and findings which we hope will be of interest to you.

Bold Beginnings  a new report by Ofsted, shows that a third of all 5 year olds are being failed by their reception experience.

School librarians and teachers from around the country have shared their favourite ways to help students love reading. Read their top tips here

Challenge your classes to get to grips with their rights on social media and become more empowered digital citizens. TES have created teaching packs for three different age groups, 7-11, 11-14 and 14-16, designed to tackle the unruly world of social media T&Cs. Along with the easy-to-read terms and conditions for Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and YouTube, students can discover, dissect and debate the contracts that users are making when they sign up to social media sites. Digital Citizenship

Author Joseph Coelho mounts a passionate defence of libraries – and explains how they really help our communities. His debut picture book, Luna Loves Library Day, has been inspired by work in libraries across the UK here

Morals and Make-Believe. A podcast series documenting the socialising and moralising effects of British children’s literature for over 200 years. Visit the website to hear all the podcasts here

BBC Learning are offering educational videos to help teachers introduce the topic of mental health to primary school children. Find out more from BBC Learning

Author S F Said explains why closing our libraries is tantamount to censorship here

David McKee and Ray Brooks look at how they created a cult children’s classic.  Mr Benn

Judith Kerr’s home hasn’t changed since she featured it in her classic children’s book. Here, she talks about her favourite furniture, her family, and why she’s still working at 93. The Tiger who came to Tea

A new humanist textbook tackling the morality of atheism is to be available to all schools in the country. Written by children’s authors Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young, “What is Humanism?” features contributions from high-profile humanists such as author Philip Pullman, writer and actor Stephen Fry and comedian Shappi Khorsandi. The book follows a 2015 court judgment, which ruled that all UK schools had a duty to teach about humanism as part of the RE syllabus. Can we live without God?

What kids are reading research by Renaissance Learning. What Kids are Reading

Researchers in Cambridge believe that babies learn best when their brain waves are in sync with their parents’.  BBC News

How boys are falling behind in Early Years. The Lost Boys