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The new Early Learning Goals – what will they really achieve?
Maureen Hunt, Achievement for All's Early Years Lead, argues that the DfE's Early Learning Goals will not address teacher workload and that to ensure every child meets their potential, targeted support for families is what is needed
Speech, language and communication, how important?
Mary Hartshorne, Head of Evidence at I CAN looks at the importance of developing speech, language and communication skills in children and young people
Successful transitions in early years
Maureen Hunt, Achievement for All's Early Years Lead, looks at what early years settings can do to make the transition to school as easy as possible for all children
Supporting previously looked after children
Anne Cameron, Programme Manager at Achievement for All, reviews Adoption UK's latest statistics and looks into how schools can improve the care they give to previously looked after children
Running away - Children Looked After
Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO at Achievement for All, and Anne Cameron, Programme Manager, comment on recent news about children missing from education and the relevance to Children Looked After.
Every child included in education
Professor Sonia Blandford looks at the importance of collaboration to change our nation’s approach to social mobility and what needs to be done across all educational provision, private, independent and state in supporting and delivering change to ensure that every child is included in education.
Building stronger families with Childminders
Maureen Hunt, Achievement for All's Early Years Lead looks at the role childminder's can play in providing support and advise as well as respite to parents, helping to build stronger families for those with vulnerable and disadvantaged children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities
Inclusive education - Early Years leads the way!
Our Achieving Early Lead, Maureen Hunt, looks at why inclusive education is still a relatively new concept
Engaging children in literacy in a broad spectrum school
Castle Wood School is a broad spectrum primary school where over 70 per cent of the children have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition. Many children are non-verbal and communicate through gestures, behaviour, signing and exchanging photographs therefore conventional literacy isn’t appropriate for all. Suzanne Kavanagh from Castle Wood School talks us through what they do to engage their children in literacy
Working together to promote a love of reading
From global stories to book bingo, Rhian Harris, Assistant Headteacher at Hauxton Primary School in Cambridge, shares what they have been doing as part of our 100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge
Mindfulness through reading
Julie Pearson and Maureen Taylor, Co-Founders of Mindful Life Journeys look at the pleasant and rewarding release and relaxation simply picking up a book can have on your mind
Reading together: a blast from the past
Russell Hobby, CEO, Teach First reminisces on the books he loved as a child and the importance of reading with your children
Inspiring a generation of lifetime readers
World Book Day marks the launch of our 100 Million Minutes Reading challenge and the start of something big. Professor Sonia Blandford discusses how to inspire a generation of readers
Dyslexia: overcoming the challenges of reading
Great blog from British Dyslexia Association on 'cracking the code' of written language
Using literacy in innovative and creative ways to improve your school
Our Product Development & eLearning Manager, Marius Frank talks about his journey in tripling GCSE results and how using literacy built pupil self-esteem and self confidence
Making children more confident learners
Fiona Griffiths, Saint John’s Reading Lead, told us how they promote a whole school approach to reading and what they do to provide their children with a brighter future by raising the enjoyment of reading.
The importance of our local library
Professor Sonia Blandford looks at the importance of using local libraries to encourage children and young people to read
Closing the gap in reading is everyone's business
Catherine Knowles looks at the Read On. Get On Index and the persistent literacy gap between the lowest and highest performing children across the country
Let's make books central to all early years practice
Our Achieving Early Lead, Maureen Hunt, looks at how to make books central to all early years practice
I think I am happy. Therefore I am happy
Great blog from our CEO, Professor Sonia Blandford on mental health issues across social and economic boundaries and how schools can support their pupils
Born to Fail?
Professor Sonia Blandford delves into why working class children do not achieved why this is not the will to stop the growth of disadvantage among the working class