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Families news stories:

  • 17Jul2009
    Ofsted report on family learning

    Children and Young People Now has reported on a new Ofsted report on family learning. The report found that children who take part in learning sessions designed to engage their parents as well, show improved communication, confidence and interpersonal ski

    Posted by Anna Lindsay

  • 27Jun2009
    The role of environment in child development is crucial

    Oliver James writes that the environment in which babies are cared for has a greater influence on child temperament than their genetic disposition.

    Posted by Edward Mather

  • 19Jun2009
    Ofsted report highlights the significance of reading for pleasure

    The Guardian reports that schools have been ordered to overhaul their English teaching after a three-year study by Ofsted, published today, finding 30% of lessons are not good enough and little attempt is made to encourage teenagers to read for pleasure.

    Posted by Anna Lindsay

  • 17Jun2009
    One in ten young people in England out of work and not in school

    The BBC reports that at the end of 2007, 9.7% of 16 - 18-year-olds were considered to be not in education or employment or training, or "Neets", but by the end of 2008, this had risen to 10.3%.

    Posted by Charlotte Foster

  • 09Jun2009
    New children’s laureate sworn in

    Anthony Browne, the surreal illustrator of the adored Gorilla and Willy the Wimp, has been selected as the sixth children's laureate.

    Posted by Sam Brookes

  • 05Jun2009
    The superpowers of comic books and literacy

    Experts believe that writing about comic book heroes can dramatically improve young people's writing skills, reports The Times Educational Supplement Cymru (TES).

    Posted by Charlotte Foster

  • 01May2009
    Where have all the health visitors gone?

    Mother & Baby reports on the repercussions of dwindling health visits to new mums.

    Posted by Edward Mather

  • 03Apr2009
    Don't blame teachers when it's parents who are failing

    Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, defends teachers and their part in students' lives, The Observer reports.

    Posted by Edward Mather

  • 02Apr2009
    Primary School Achievement and Attainment Tables 2009 released

    The Department for Children, Schools and Families has published the Primary School Achievement and Attainment Tables.

    Posted by Anna Lindsay

  • 01Apr2009
    Proposals offer more choice and help parents share care

    Family and Parenting Institute reports on the new proposals from the Equality and Human Rights Commissions (EHRC), outlined in the Working Better report. These proposals will help parents share the caring responsibilities of their children more equally.

    Posted by Edward Mather


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