Foreign languages can help pupils in Wales ‘get ahead’

BBC – Staff Writer “Children should start learning foreign languages in primary school, alongside English and Welsh, the education minister has said. Huw Lewis announced his ambition for a “bilingual plus one” nation at a German-themed...

Poorest boys lag behind on language skills

BBC – Staff Writer “Four out of 10 of England’s poorest boys start school without the language skills needed to learn, a study says. Researchers for the “Read On. Get On.” campaign warned that these children, who lag 15 months behind...

Secret Teacher: we are too quick to label children who aren’t perfect

The Guardian – Staff Writer ““You don’t want to be in 4J, you’ll get dyslexia.” This has been the standing joke in our staffroom for years, owing to the teacher’s over-zealous approach to diagnosing any child not brilliant at reading as “dyslexic”. She’s a...

Bring back ‘risk and adventure’ to the classroom, expert says

The Telegraph – Javier Espinoza ” Young children today are being overprotected and the feeling of “risk and adventure” has been stripped out of the classroom as a result, an educational expert has said. In an effort to shelter children at school, pupils...

How to teach … habitats

The Guardian – Staff Writer “Summer is here and Britain’s woodland, hedgerows, ponds and meadows are buzzing with wildlife. Many playgrounds are home to a variety of creatures and colourful seasonal blooms, and with the sun making an appearance, it’s the...