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Is David Cameron right to praise the ‘tiger mother’? Four years ago, Amy Chua published a parenting memoir in which she admitted steering her two daughters towards success with such a firm hand and ferocious tongue that child psychologists lined up to warn against the consequences: self-image problems, conflicted relationships with parents, a propensity to develop psychiatric issues ...

Is David Cameron right to praise the ‘tiger mother’?

Academy chain’s fees for ‘consultants’ put schools programme under scrutiny. The government is facing fresh questions over the accountability of its academy schools programme after it emerged that one small chain paid more than £800,000 in just two years to “consulting” companies in which its founders or trustees have major financial interests .

Academy chain’s fees for ‘consultants’ put schools programme under scrutiny

The Griffin Schools Trust, whose accounts show that it breached financial guidelines in 11 different ways in 2013, has paid more than £700,000 to a company wholly owned by its joint chief executives, Liz Lewis and Ange Tyler, over the past two financial years. Three other companies – Sagacious Associates Ltd, White Eagle Education Ltd, Jennie Thomas Education Consultancy Limited – in which trustees of the charity have majority interests, received smaller payments that amounted to around £100,000 for “educational consultancy services’”, the trust’s accounts show, as did Christine Loach, the wife of a trustee. Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell said continued lack of oversight was bringing education into disrepute.

20 awesome board games you may never have heard of. We asked for your favourite board game, and you told us.

20 awesome board games you may never have heard of

12 Examples Of Excellent Parenting. Five ways teachers use Lego creatively in class. Hearing a child say they spent their school day playing with Lego may not go down well with parents.

Five ways teachers use Lego creatively in class

But these little bricks could become a fixture in maths lessons thanks to a new programme devised by the toy company. Primary schools have long used Lego informally to teach. However, this month Lego Education is launching a new programme, MoreToMaths, a global scheme especially designed to help teachers tackle key stage 1 maths on the national curriculum using the toys. The MoreToMaths kit, including lesson plans and teaching guides, costs £750 for a class of 30. While some may be sceptical about Lego’s move into education – and the price that may deter state schools – many teachers have already found cost-effective ways to use Lego in lessons. We gathered these fun ideas from our teaching community. Tell stories in Lego. Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents. What makes a great primary?

Choosing a primary school: a teacher's guide for parents

There's nothing irregular about flexi-schooling. Another school year under way and my friend Nicky has started it with a £60 fine from Babcock for the “irregular” attendance in the last school year of his five-year-old daughter, Cara.

There's nothing irregular about flexi-schooling

Schools for Rock

The fightback against gendered toys. Three years ago, while she was on maternity leave, Ros Ball and her partner, James, began a diary of their children's lives.

The fightback against gendered toys

Their daughter Josie was three and their son Clem three months old. They wanted to record the moments when their children were made aware of gender stereotypes; when they were directed towards a view of the world in which girls and boys inhabit separate, rigid spheres of pink and blue – the first sphere passive, pretty and gentle, the second aggressive, active and strong. The fightback against gendered toys. Links to websites with bilingual and multilingual resources. 50 Ways To Teach Your Child To Read. By Allison McDonald Hello!

50 Ways To Teach Your Child To Read

If you are new here check out No Time For Flash Cards on Pinterest and join our Facebook community for more great ideas. Learning to read is not a crash course that kids take and are done with once they can read Dick and Jane without any help. Learning to read is developmental and starts when a newborn looks at you and hears you talking to them. Below are 50 pieces to the reading puzzle . 50 ways that you and your child can have fun knowing that they are working on early literacy development and learning to love books. Are iPads and tablets bad for young children? Four small preschool children are sitting in a semi-circle around their teacher, in a large, bright room in a Georgian house in Bath.

Are iPads and tablets bad for young children?

The nursery belongs to the Snapdragons chain, one of the first in the UK to offer iPads to its children soon after the tablet was launched in April 2010. The shelves are full of books, but the children are not looking at books. Child 'training' book triggers backlash. 10 December 2013Last updated at 20:55 ET By Aidan Lewis BBC News, Washington Author Michael Pearl says sales have been steady.

Child 'training' book triggers backlash

The mother of all fights. Cruella de Vil has nothing on childcare guru Claire Verity, according to parents. Six childcare gurus who have changed parenting. Newborn babies may be more developed than we think. My baby could not look more like a subject in a laboratory experiment. Wearing a soft white skullcap attached by long wires to an EEG machine measuring his brain activity, he is also surrounded by computer equipment and fussing researchers at University College London. England's young people near bottom of global league table for basic skills. Link to video: OECD report ‘sobering’, says skills minister England is the only country in the developed world where the generation approaching retirement is more literate and numerate than the youngest adults, according to the first skills survey by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

In a stark assessment of the success and failure of the 720-million-strong adult workforce across the wealthier economies, the economic thinktank warns that in England, adults aged 55 to 65 perform better than 16- to 24-year-olds at foundation levels of literacy and numeracy. The survey did not include people from Scotland or Wales. The OECD study also finds that a quarter of adults in England have the maths skills of a 10-year-old. About 8.5 million adults, 24.1% of the population, have such basic levels of numeracy that they can manage only one-step tasks in arithmetic, sorting numbers or reading graphs.

These changes have already had major implications for the global talent pool. Poor children's life chances are decided in primary school, report finds. Nearly 80% of the difference in GCSE results between rich and poor children has been determined by age seven, the report says. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA More than four-fifths of children from low-income families who have fallen behind by the age of seven will fail to achieve five good GCSEs including English and maths – a glaring inequality that highlights the extent to which poor children's life chances are determined in primary school, a leading charity says.

In a report looking at the most recent government figures, Save the Children argues that the ability to read, write and calculate at such a young age influences a child's future earnings and health, and in economic terms the problem costs the country billions in lost revenue. Education in England: sliding down the class. Children's Centres Search - Islington Council. Search results: Inspection Reports. Parents 'can save cash' by moving next to top state schools. Why I choose state education over private school. Last week in Education Guardian Janet Murray wrote about why she sent her child to a private school. Why London's schools are the best in England. Islington state schools list top best find reviews. Toddler brain scan gives language insight. 8 October 2013Last updated at 20:58 ET By Helen Briggs BBC News The left hand side of the brain has more myelin The brain has a critical window for language development between the ages of two and four, brain scans suggest.

School starting age: the evidence. In England children now start formal schooling, and the formal teaching of literacy and numeracy at the age of four. A recent letter signed by around 130 early childhood education experts, including myself, published in the Daily Telegraph (11 Sept 2013) advocated an extension of informal, play-based pre-school provision and a delay to the start of formal ‘schooling’ in England from the current effective start until the age of seven (in line with a number of other European countries who currently have higher levels of academic achievement and child well-being).