Associated Press: More school: Obama would curtail summer vacation

More school: Obama would curtail summer vacation By Libby Quaid (Associated Press) WASHINGTON — Students beware: The summer vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if President Barack Obama gets his way. Obama says American kids spend too little […]

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From Antidote’s E-News 23.09.09. Taking the Long View.

Antidote - If schools are to contribute to increased social mobility, they need to be held accountable for students' achievement outcomes once they leave school, according to

AERO E-News 19th Septemer 09

Some items from AERO 2010 AERO Conference Call for Proposals The 7th annual AERO conference is already shaping up to be quite an event with great keynote speakers including Herbert

Edutopia E-news Sept 09. Waldorf-Inspired Public Schools Are on the Rise

Whatever view you may have on Waldorf schools and philosophy, like many alternatives there is much for us to learn from. This article from Edutopia E-News is an

BBC News – Vetting rule ridiculous – Byron

Tanya Byron has worked with vulnerable young people for 20 years. TV psychologist Dr Tanya Byron has branded plans to vet people in contact with children 'unbelievably rubbish'.  Read

English perspective on children and parents takes another nose dive

Childcare help 'could be illegal' Source: Parents in England who regularly look after friends' children and receive a "reward" for doing so must register as childminders, regulator Ofsted

HE links

With grateful thanks to Alison Sauer for these links 1. An Indian scientist talking about the advantages of home education not giving the population a herd mentality "In most cases,

EO Campaign Website

26.09.2009 A new article entitled DCSF Home Education Guidelines 2007 has been posted on the EO Campaign website,

The 21st Century Learning Initiative – Briefing Paper for Parliamentarians.

Within the last month the Initiative has issued a Briefing Paper for Parliamentarians on the design faults at the heart of English education. Initially this has gone to

Badman – Satirical blog

Thanks to Peter van Zuidam for alerting us to this satirical blog - The Dark Lord Badman. The Guide to Home Education.

Badman Report Two?

The exclusive target of the Badman Report is full-time home-based educators.  But since the children of the other families are only in school for aout 200 days, all

Guardian. Intellectual guru seeks ‘system redesign’ of secondary education.

Peter Wilby The Guardian, Tuesday 22 September 2009 David Hargreaves has recently finished his work on the curriculum and, if he has his way, secondary schooling could

Dyslexia, dyspraxia and the dinosaurs.

Fturelab Newsletter 61 - September 2009 Dyslexia, dyspraxia and the dinosaurs. Kim Thomas Jane Scaysbrook tells the story of a nine-year-old girl who has dyscalculia – a learning disability

All good technology should be assistive – Neil Milliken

All good technology should be assistive. Comment by Neil Milliken, Head of Service and Mobile Development at iansyst. “Whenever I ask people what they understand by the term assistive

Rochdale Observer: Children’s rights recognised by schools

Sounds like a good idea when first reading the headline. But are Children's Rights really being observed in a 'compulsory', command and control based schooling system. CPE-PEN advocates

Home Educators cry “Foul”

AboutMyArea - ‎Sep 19, 2009‎ Local home educators in Dagenham  reacted angrily to the news that the DCSF has granted Graham Badman extra time (1) to gather

Staffroom mantra?

I recently saw this on a staffroom wall - how true. I hoped the staff took his to their hearts. I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am

Press release: An opportunity for local young writers to take part in live reading from Trafalgar

Young writers and poets from schools and colleges around the UK are being invited to submit a piece of prose, or a poem, for "One & Other" -

Guardian: Academies: 200 and counting, but more doubts raised

Polly Curtis, education editor, Monday 7 September 2009 22.35 BST The case for Labour's multimillion-pound academy programme has yet to be proved and in some cases the disruption

BBC News: Make time for play, schools urged

BBC News 11:31 GMT, Thursday, 3 September 2009 The right to play is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Teachers are being urged to make

Guardian: Education: spending, class sizes, teachers pay and statistics compared by country…

Which country spends the most on education? Which has the smallest class sizes? Where do you find the highest graduate unemployment rates? These are the latest statistics from

BBC News: School consultants ‘earned £170m’

 BBC News  Sunday, 6 September 2009 20:21 UK The Tories say ministers have mismanaged the rebuilding scheme  Local authorities have spent £170 million on consultants in a government scheme to

Natural learning key to success

The Washington Times Sunday, September 6, 2009 HOME-SCHOOLING: Natural learning key to success. By Kate Tsubata I naturally am excited to hear of the latest research, commissioned by the Home

TES Magazine: The best of both worlds

Features | Published in TES Magazine on 4 September, 2009 | By: Nick Morrison Section:Features ..The relationship between state schools and the home education community can be tense, but a

Life Media: Natural Life Magazine offer

Life Media produce some great materials and resources and we often refer to their work. Currently you can get a free online  sample of their July / August Natural

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