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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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Poverty and Special Needs: A quarter of FSM pupils have SEND

At LKMco we are deeply concerned by the profound links between children having Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and growing up in poverty; as well as the additional barriers these children face in accessing the support they need. Urgent action is needed to remove those barriers. The government has had some success in encouraging schools across …

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Fair access means universities levelling the playing field on personal statements

The Sutton Trust’s recent report, ‘Making a Statement’, argues that teachers’ and admissions tutors do not always have the same opinion as to what makes a good personal statement and that this affects pupils chances of getting into top universities. As someone who line manages my school’s sixth form this worries me. Writing a personal …

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