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A round-up of news and opinion from the education sector. Want to comment? Don't be shy – we'd love to hear from you. Contact us at support@afaeducation.org or Tweet us @AfA_Education. Alternatively send us a post on Facebook @AfAEducation

Social mobility – Why all parents and carers matter

Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO at Achievement for All, explores the importance of parent and carer engagement in social mobility...

Time to talk families and Early Years

Professor Sonia Blandford highlights the need for a structured approach to Early Years policy and practice...

‘The rich man in his castle the poor man at his gate’ – Families and social mobility

Professor Sonia Blandford, CEO at Achievement for All, explores the important role parents and carers have to play in social mobility...

Terrific Twos - Excellent Provision in the Early Years

Theresa Johnson, Development Manager at PACEY, looks at what excellent provision in the early years is and the importance of practitioner training

Does CPD have a positive effect on teacher development?

Jennifer Barker, Head of Participant Impact Design at Teach First looks at a range of research material to determine how affective CPD is in teacher development and the role CPD plays in teacher retention

What is core strength?

Marius Frank, Product Development and e-learning Manager at Achievement for All, looks at what Core Strength is, what it means and how improving children and young people's core strength can unlock achievement and remove barriers to learning.

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

Getting inclusive education back on track

James Bowen, Director, NAHT Edge believes that over 10 years ago there was a clear drive from within government, Local Authorities and schools themselves to create a more inclusive education system but feels that the progress made back then is now being put at risk. In this blog James looks at what needs to be done to get back on track and ensure every child is included in education