Kids learn moral lessons more effectively from stories with humans than human-like animals | UKEdChat Editorial

A study by researchers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto found that four to six-year-olds shared more after listening to books with human characters than books with anthropomorphic (human-like) animals.
The findings are noteworthy since so much of children’s media– books, movies, video games, etc.– use human-like animal characters. But since many children in this study did not see these characters as similar to themselves, researchers say they may be less likely to translate social lessons from these stories into their everyday lives….

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A very English celebration for Farnborough’s A-level students | admin

Champagne and strawberries on the menu at sixth-form college that matched last year’s record pass rate of 99.2%

Four years ago, Zahira Choudhry arrived in the UK knowing only one English phrase: “Can I go to the toilet please?” But on Thursday she was one of a number of students at Farnborough sixth-form college, Hampshire, celebrating stellar A-level results.

Choudhry, who was born and brought up in Italy, got distinction* grades (equivalent to A-level A*s) in CTecs in both business and health and social care, as well as passing the Ielts English-language test needed to show her English…

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Injunction lifted on critical Ofsted report | BBC News | R Waring

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The future of one of the UK’s largest adult-training providers is in question after it failed to block publication of a critical report by Ofsted inspectors.

Learndirect had obtained an injunction against publication but this was lifted by the High Court on Monday.

The report, which will be published on Thursday, is likely to highlight “ineffetive” managers and high non-completion rates among students.

The company said it was “extremely disappointed” with the verdict.

It is understood the Sheffield-based company, which offers apprenticeships and…

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Mr Taylor’s Toolbox Challenge | noreply@blogger.com (mrtaylor)

Last Easter my wife and I headed off on our honeymoon – we flew to New York, spent a few nights there, and cruised around the Caribbean before returning to less sunny shores and continuing with our more mundane existences.

We cruised with Royal Caribbean on their ‘Anthem of the Seas’ ship which was just lovely, but the reason I mention this is because I started making plans for a puzzle solving competition whilst we were on board.

Before we flew, my better half was on a cruising forum and booked a few excursions whilst we were in port and added us to a group taking on their ‘Escape Room’. I…

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On being called a racist | David Didau

At the time of writing, there’s a group of people on Twitter calling me a racist for writing this blog post. This feels pretty awful. The violence of such a term is hard to quantify, but it’s left me feeling shaky and anxious. Some of the comments are so hateful that reading them feels a

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