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Why does poor children’s progress drop off at secondary school? Social Mobility Commission report

Today we publish our second report in collaboration with the Social Mobility Commission and Education Datalab. PRESS RELEASE Gap between poor pupils’ attainment at primary and secondary school is worsening Milburn: Closing the gap must be a ‘top of mind’ for schools and Government should set a new target for progress Children from poor backgrounds …

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Oracy: The State of Speaking in Our Schools

In an exclusive interview for our new report on oracy, Professor Frank Hardman, argues that talk is: “the most powerful tool of communication in the classroom and it is fundamentally central to the acts of teaching and learning”. “The State of Speaking in Our Schools” was commissioned by Voice 21. It reveals that oracy (learning to talk well, and …

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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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