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EO Campaign Website: Lord Lucas Questions Minister on Missing Impact Assessment for HE Consultation

A new article entitled Lord Lucas Questions Minister on Missing Impact Assessment for HE Consultation has been posted on the EO Campaign website,

UN Copenhagen Climate Talks – DCSF seeks young people’s views

The Department for Children, Schools and Families are trying to gauge the opinions of children and young people in the UK regarding climate change to create an ‘ambition

EO Campaign website: Home Education Monitoring Legislation

A new article entitled Home Education Monitoring Legislation has been posted on the EO Campaign website,

Guardian: PM promises private school style education for all under new reforms

Polly Curtis, education editor guardian.co.uk, Monday 29 June 2009 17.28 BST Gordon Brown guarantees an education individually tailored for each child, but parents could be fined if they refuse

PRNewswire-FirstCall: Microsoft Introduces New Ways to Help Teachers Personalize Learning at the National Educational Computing Conference 2009.

Microsoft Introduces New Ways to Help Teachers Personalize Learning at the National Educational Computing Conference 2009. WASHINGTON, June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- This week at the National Educational Computing Conference

Brand Republic: Unicef launches campaign to support children’s rights

Unicef launches campaign to support children's rights by Staff, Brand Republic 25-Jun-09, 08:00 LONDON - Unicef is highlighting the problem of child exploitation in an integrated campaign, created by

Leader Post (Canada)- New Regina school employing unconventional approach to education

By Anne Kyle, Leader-Post June 26, 2009   REGINA — Regina teacher Kim Weiss is hoping to open the doors to a new freestyle-learning school this fall that will offers

Press release: New Flexible Learning School (Tasmania Australia)

These examples of increasing efforts for flexibility may not be the whole story as CPE-PEN see personalisation and learning sysytem transformation but they are indicators of shifts thinking.

Press release: Quest Seekers – NYMAZ Musical Storytimes bring North Yorkshire Libraries Summer Reading Challenge to Life

The Summer Reading Challenge, for children 4-11, is here once again at North Yorkshire County Council’s Library and Information Centres.  Children… • Get down to your local library any time from

Book Review: Recapturing Childhood: Positive Parenting in the Modern World By Mildred Masheder

Recapturing Childhood: Positive Parenting in the Modern World by Mildred Masheder Published by Green Print. ISBN, 9781854250957 ( To obtain copies of this recent book, as well as the others

Dr Richard House: English Home Educators Under Threat: Time for a Stand of ‘Principled Non-compliance’?

The Home Education (Badman) Review has been published and we’ve already blogged posts about it below. It’s a timely reminder that like all alternatives differences are conceived as

Documentary Educational Resources – Alternative Education Documentaries

Thanks to Brittany Gravely of Documentary Educational Resources for flagging up their film reource. We distribute many new and older documentaries on alternative education: http://www.der.org/films/imagine-a-school-summerhill.html http://www.der.org/films/breaking-the-cycle.html

Sunday Times: Hidden surge in classroom sex attacks

Just how safe are some schools? Rather than pusrsuing home educators perhaps the government should focus its mind on the known horrors revealed here in the From The

Guardian: On education, Labour failed our children.

On education, Labour failed our children. The government has finally acknowledged that its centralised control of schools doesn't work – but for many, it's too late    Jenni Russell guardian.co.uk, Friday

Telegraph: Labour is meddling where it is not wanted over home-schooling

Telegraph View. Published: 8:01PM BST 11 Jun 2009 Written a couple of weeks ago now but this Telegraph article and the comments posted since provide good coverage of the

Guardian: Labour to junk Tony Blair’s flagship school reform.

Labour to junk Tony Blair's flagship school reform. Headteachers to get more powers as era of centralised control ends Polly Curtis, education editor guardian.co.uk, Thursday 25 June 2009 22.25

Futurelab: Free Vision Mapper Resource

Futurelab has just launched Vision Mapper, a free online resource that is intended to support education leaders embarking on school redesign, planning a curriculum change or just needing

Guardian: Sexualised primary pupils worry Ofsted

More evidence (if its needed!) that the fears of those supporting the Badman review are being focused  in the wrong direction! Polly Curtis guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 23 June 2009 20.07 BST

EO: Campaign Website – new page

A new article entitled New Website Page on the Final Badman Report to Ed Balls June 2009 has been posted on the EO Campaign website,

Parents condemn plans for councils to ‘police’ home education

A very lively and interesting set of posts follow the article : Parents condemn plans for councils to 'police' home education in Kent Online 24th June 2009 by

ABC Television: ‘Education systems too narrow’: Sir Ken Robinson

'Education systems too narrow': Sir Ken Robinson Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Broadcast: 16/06/2009. Reporter: Kerry O'Brien Sir Ken Robinson, a leading thinker on education, creativity and innovation, who has advised various

Other learning models video: Imagine a school… Summerhill

Continuning this thread of posts. How sad it would be if we lost what diversity we had in the educational landscape. How sad this diversity is not available

Other learning models video: Democratic education at Sands School

  Democratic education at Sands School   

Rep. Matt Wingard on Oregon’s Virtual Schools, and the OEA’s efforts to Stop Them

One of the threats to those offering choice in the educational landscape is the continuing default positions of those in power and those dominant established interests. We see this in

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