Should we fine parents?

Last week, The Fair Education Alliance launched its 2015 report on ‘closing the gap’ in UK education, and a focus on parental engagement was one of the top recommendations for improvement. However, Sir Michael Wilshaw, caused controversy by suggesting that the solution might involve Heads fining parents. Whilst parental involvement has a larger impact on …

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Qualified practitioners in the early years: It takes leadership to light up every young brain

If we don’t get the Early Years right, it’s not just a question of lost time, it’s a question of brain development: all the phonics flashcards in the world can’t rewind what happens in those crucial years. That’s why as an ex-early years teacher, I was hugely excited to read ‘Lighting up Young Brains,’ a …

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