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Benjamin Zephaniah’s Refugee boy is a great example. Benjamin Zephaniah’s Refugee boy is a great example. David Morris

Children’s books on the refugee experience are crucial reading

While facts and figures are useful to understand the scale of the refugee problem, for most people it’s the personal angle that they best relate to. But this personal angle, and the sympathy and understanding…
Adding up the costs of a free education. Adding up the costs of a free education. Greg Westfall

Free education in Kenya is a failed promise

During the run up to Kenya’s 2002 general elections, presidential candidate Mwai Kibaki promised to make primary education free for all Kenyans. True to his word, when his coalition won the election and…
Once you done that there’s plenty more to be getting on with. Once you done that there’s plenty more to be getting on with. stuartpilbrow

Shock or yawn, PISA just preps children for a global work race

The triennial jamboree that is the publication of the OECD PISA tests kicked off with the usual round of blaming and name calling among politicians. Both sides of the political debate naturally found ammunition…
Kids need to know that curiosity didn’t kill the cat. Kids need to know that curiosity didn’t kill the cat. Julien Behal/PA

We cannot afford to get science education wrong

Science gives young people the tools to understand the world around us and the ability to engage with contemporary and future issues, such as medical advances and climate change. That is why science should…
Al-Madinah school in Derby: making news for all the wrong reasons. Al-Madinah school in Derby: making news for all the wrong reasons. Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Growth of academies and free schools reinforces student segregation

Each new administration tends to try to improve compulsory education by introducing a new and purportedly better type of school. The current government has at least three, and is pushing vocational schools…
Exciting times for school kids. Exciting times for school kids. Lupuca

Keep it creative to get kids into coding

A new subject is to be introduced in England to kick start our technological future. Instead of teaching ICT, the national curriculum published this week calls on schools to teach computing. This new way…
Very good Miss, but how do I print a gun? Very good Miss, but how do I print a gun? RiAus

Are you ready for your child, the 3D printing genius?

In his new National Curriculum for schools in England, announced this week, Education Secretary Michael Gove pledged to modernise design and technology education. This is thought to include introducing…
Back to the old school with Michael Gove. Back to the old school with Michael Gove. paul clarke

A contradiction at the heart of Gove’s curriculum

Education Secretary Michael Gove announced yesterday that the National Curriculum for schools in England is to be overhauled, with a new subject structure and lists of content. Gove’s curriculum includes…
We’re underestimating what primary school students can understand in science. We’re underestimating what primary school students can understand in science. Formula image from www.shutterstock.com

Testing the theory: taking Einstein to primary schools

School students today are taught physics based on obsolete theories and outmoded ways of thinking. Instead of the truth, most learn a naive simplification - the 300 year-old Newtonian physics, itself based…

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Moving tougher on poor children

Children who move frequently while young are more likely to have behavioural problems - but only if they’re from low income…