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The best books for children?

When we are asked our opinion on what are the best books for children to read, like every question, we bring our own experiences directly to bear. I was one of 5 children, born in...
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Cambodia Experience

Erica Hiorns, School Improvement Advisor and a member of the the Learning Improvement team since 2013, has recently returned from a 3 week visit to Cambodia working with local teachers to help them to make...
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Why a love of reading is vital

Anyone who has ever been involved in education of any kind will be aware of the powerful effect reading can have on educational progress in general. I have taught and led schools for over 25...
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The 3As Strategy in Leeds

We are launching our new 3As strategy which builds on previous education plans in Leeds and aims to improve outcomes and experiences for all children and young people in the city. Some children and young...
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Year of reading

Leeds is declaring September 2019 – September 2020 a Year of reading! This is in order to activate the whole city around reading and the love of reading. Currently there is a large gap in...
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Summer Reading List for School Leaders

Many of you may want or need to avoid thinking about schools and education for a chunk of time over the Summer and that is quite understandable. School leadership is an enormously rewarding job but...
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Supporting Schools to Understand Behaviour

EEF Publishes Updated Guidance on Supporting Schools to Understand Behaviour The Virtual School very much welcomes some of the key principles outlined in the latest publication by the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) “Improving Behaviour in...
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Maths Revision Ideas

Speed dating: Fill in an exam paper with model answers and include support questions and challenge questions for each page. Split the class in half and create a ‘u shape’ with the desks. The pupils...
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Language Champions Programme

Recent research has repeatedly focussed on the importance of language development to improve educational outcomes for pupils and more specifically disadvantaged pupils. For example the Oxford University Press report April 2018, ‘Why Closing the Word...
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Celebrating Black History Month in Schools

Leeds has a diverse population, with over 140 ethnic groups represented across the city. There are almost 200 different languages spoken by our children and young people in schools. From the Spring census data collection...
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