Grammar teaching leaves children confused, research shows | UKEdChat Editorial

Children can be left confused and unable to write accurate sentences because of “uncertain” grammar teaching, experts have warned. But confident teachers can enable students to use their grammar knowledge to help them craft and create their writing and positively support children’s development as writers.
Teachers concentrate on making sure primary-aged pupils can remember and repeat simple explanations—such as “a verb is a doing word; an adjective is a describing word—during grammar lessons rather than helping them understand key ideas. This hinders their learning and leaves some pupils…

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Increased air pollution linked to bad teenage behaviour | UKEdChat Editorial

Tiny, toxic particles creep into developing brains, cause inflammation and may damage brain pathways responsible for emotion and decisions, USC researcher finds
A new study linking higher levels of air pollution to increased teenage delinquency is a reminder of the importance of clean air and the need for more foliage in urban spaces, a Keck School of Medicine of USC researcher said.
Tiny pollution particles called particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) — 30 times smaller than a strand of hair — are extremely harmful to your health, according to Diana Younan, lead author of the study.
“These tiny,…

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The value of a school community! by @bloggingAP | UKEdChat Editorial

Today I witnessed a school community in full swing – teachers, office staff, SLT, support staff, site team, governors, PTA members and children with their parents clearing snow from the paths and car park as well as the surrounding roads to ensure that everyone could get to school safely tomorrow! This was not the school I work in but my daughter’s school and I have to tell you I am envious of what I saw!

“I was envious of what I saw!”
It was clear for any observer to see that a strong value of community has been fostered at the school! When a snow day is called, it is easy for teachers,…

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Research: Sexual harassment of girls is widespread in schools | UKEdChat Editorial

A new study carried out by University of Warwick’s Institute for Employment Research for the NEU teaching union and campaign group UK Feminista has found that over a third of girls at mixed-sex schools in England and Wales have been sexually harassed while at school.
The report, “‘It’s just everywhere’: Sexism in schools and how we tackle it,” is being launched today in the Houses of Parliament.
The study was led by Dr Clare Lyonette, Gaby Atfield and Dr Erika Kispeter from the University’s Institute for Employment Research. Between January and June 2017, more than 1,500 secondary school…

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Certain books can increase infant learning during shared reading | UKEdChat Editorial

Parents and paediatricians know that reading to infants is a good thing, but new research shows reading books that clearly name and label people and objects are even better.
That’s because doing so helps infants retain information and attend better.
“When parents label people or characters with names, infants learn quite a bit,” said Lisa Scott, a University of Florida psychology professor and co-author of the study published Dec. 8 in the journal Child Development. “Books with individual-level names may lead parents to talk to infants more, which is particularly important for the first…

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Teaching Teachers by @ben_houlihan | UKEdChat Editorial

Should all people delivering and assessing teacher training be made to teach curriculum or is this curriculum enough? Should these individuals be held to different standards to ensure new teachers are all given the best opportunities and meet the needs of the modern classroom?
These are questions that I have been considering for around 2 years, since taking over the leadership of our teacher training provision as well as becoming responsible for quality assurance and teaching development within the institution. Like many of us, I wrestled with the thought of leaving the classroom to pursue a…

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More efforts needed to help children from disadvantaged families succeed, says OECD | UKEdChat Editorial

Too many people from disadvantaged backgrounds are falling behind in education and future job market, according to a new OECD report.
Educational Opportunity For All says that children, students and adults from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds receive too little support to succeed in school and in learning opportunities later in life.
“Education, particularly in early childhood, plays a vital role in combating rising social inequalities,” said Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa and who also oversees the OECD’s work on education, launching the report in Paris….

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