Category: Communication, Literacy & Oracy

Invest in music education

invest in music education

A leading classical musician is introducing an eye-catching initiative to widen access to music for children. The Chinese pianist, educator and philanthropist Lang Lang has announced plans to set up several ‘piano labs’ in schools, each with 20 to 30 keyboards. The first piano… Continue Reading “Invest in music education”

Encouraging a love of reading should be at the heart of every reading strategy

Encouraging a love of reading

Studying history helps us deal with conspiracy theories, lies and disinformation

Studying history helps us deal with lies and disinformation

Pudsey Bear can help young people learn about community and active citizenship

Welcome back, Pudsey Bear! This is the week of the BBC’s annual November Children in Need appeal. Though fundraising activities take place throughout the year, the main focus is the Friday night TV marathon, an all-trumpets-blaring mix of celebrity guest appearances, special Children in… Continue Reading “Pudsey Bear can help young people learn about community and active citizenship”

Well-stocked libraries for all are an investment in our future

“We believe that every child should have the opportunities offered by high-quality library services, be that public libraries or school libraries.” Who would possibly want to argue with that? And yet a new report published by the National Literacy Trust charity (from which the… Continue Reading “Well-stocked libraries for all are an investment in our future”

Poetry is perfect for helping children to appreciate words and language

‘You campaign in poetry; you govern in prose’. So said the American politician Mario Cuomo. It is one of my favourite quotes — and not just about politics. Perhaps it is because I am someone who loves words and language (and politics) and yet… Continue Reading “Poetry is perfect for helping children to appreciate words and language”

A gateway for children to a world of awe and wonder

A gateway to a world of awe and wonder

Igniting children’s creative spark and promoting literacy

As you might expect, there is no shortage of great quotes about writing. There’s funny: “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” (Douglas Adams) There’s the tortured genius, suffering for their art: “There is nothing to writing.… Continue Reading “Igniting children’s creative spark and promoting literacy”

Ofsted subject review confirms the importance of music education

A newly published Ofsted research review into music education contains some stirring phrases about the value and importance of music, not least in its opening sentence: “Music touches the very heart of our humanity and a sense of the wonder of music has touched… Continue Reading “Ofsted subject review confirms the importance of music education”

A Summer of Reading alongside a Summer of Play will enhance children’s wellbeing

My earliest reading memory is The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner, read to us by our teacher Mrs Holmes in what would now be called year 4. It sparked an abiding interest in tales of witches, wizards and sorcery and in the eternal… Continue Reading “A Summer of Reading alongside a Summer of Play will enhance children’s wellbeing”