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Closing the Word Gap – the Staffroom

25th April 2018

Recent research from Oxford University Press detail their findings into the vocabulary levels of primary and secondary school children around the UK. Why Closing the Word Gap Matters: Oxford Language Report reveals that almost half (49 per cent) of Year 1 pupils in the average UK primary school have a limited vocabulary (word gap) that affects…

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Becoming an Expert Teacher by Jane Hyde-Walsh

22nd April 2018

Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers: The Story of Success (2008) suggests it takes 10,000 hours to become an ‘expert’ at a particular skill. For teachers and educationalists this equates to about 10 years of classroom practice. While the accuracy of the 10,000 hours theory is open to discussion, very few would argue that the…

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How Images and Imagination Can Enhance Learning – By Flavia Schechtman Belham

13th April 2018

“An image is worth a thousand words”. I believe most people have heard this saying before. But what does it mean for teaching and learning? How can we use images (and imagination) in the classroom? One possibility comes from a very influential theory mainly developed by Allan Pavio (1) – the Dual-Coding theory. Simply put, the theory suggests…

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1,000 Children’s Centers ‘lost’ since 2009 – Sutton Trust Research – the Staffroom

10th April 2018

New Sutton Trust Research warns of ‘postcode lottery’ of Early Years provision as survey shows more closures than previously thought. As many as 1,000 Sure Start centres across the country have closed since 2009 – twice as many as the government has reported – according to a major new analysis recently published by the Sutton…

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Special Offer – Get 50% off our annual membership until the end of April – the Staffroom

4th April 2018

For anyone who is serious about their CPD the Staffroom are offering you 50% off our annual membership until the end of April, with the following code: sta55r00m2018 Please visit the Staffroom and start saving money now!

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Staffing crisis in nurseries threatens high quality childcare – the Staffroom

3rd April 2018

In the light of a recent survey by the National Day Nurseries Association, Dr Ruby Oates, Associate Professor Childhood in the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation at the University of Derby, looks at what the staffing crisis in nurseries means for the sector. As someone who has been involved in training and educating the early…

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Special Offer – Get 50% off our annual membership until the end of April – the Staffroom

2nd April 2018

The team at The Staffroom hope you’re having a lovely long Easter break. For our special Easter treat we are offering you 50% off our annual membership until the end of April, with the following code: sta55r00m2018 Please visit http://www.thestaffroom.com/ and start saving money now!

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The power of parity: Advancing women’s equality in the United Kingdom – the Staffroom

31st March 2018

Bridging the gender gap in the United Kingdom could increase GDP by billions of pounds over the next decade and add 840,000 female employees to the workforce. Moving toward gender equality is not only a moral and social issue; it is also important to future economic growth in the United Kingdom. A new report from the McKinsey Global…

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The Early Years Workforce – A Fragmented Picture – the Staffroom

15th March 2018

The Education Policy Institute has published a comprehensive analysis of the early years workforce in England. The analysis studies the latest publicly available data to build a detailed picture of the present day workforce. It examines staff composition, qualifications, pay and other trends at a provider, national and regional level, and assesses the implications of…

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Childcare prices surge at double rate of inflation undermining government’s new investments – the Staffroom

2nd March 2018

A seven percent price hike is hitting parents’ pockets this year – bringing the average price for a part time nursery place for a child under two to a whopping £122 per week, or over £6,300 per year – and calls into question whether the Government’s new investments will live up to parents’ expectations, the…

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