Category: Learning & Cognitive Health

A gymnasium of the mind that everyone can join

A gymnasium of the mind that everyone can join

Children need trust, positivity and mutual respect to learn effectively

It was the end of the 1970s when Pink Floyd were at Number One in the charts with a song the lyrics of which spoke of “dark sarcasm in the classroom” and included the cry “Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!” The accompanying video… Continue Reading “Children need trust, positivity and mutual respect to learn effectively”

Quality not quantity: focus catch-up plans on how children learn best

QUALITY NOT QUANTITY: FOCUS CATCH-UP PLANS ON HOW CHILDREN LEARN BEST

A focus on developing enquiry skills will help with lifelong learning

“Quadruped. Graminivorous. Forty teeth, namely twenty-four grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive.” So begins a child’s automated response to the headmaster Thomas Gradgrind’s request in Hard Times for the definition of a horse. In the “nothing but Facts” Gradgrindian worldview Dickens brilliantly captures the… Continue Reading “A focus on developing enquiry skills will help with lifelong learning”

Free play is an important ingredient in the learning mix

Concerns about the damage to children’s wellbeing caused by a relentless focus on academic achievement and an unforgiving accountability-by-results culture — a 2019 survey of primary school heads included the comment “For those children in year 6 […] it’s intense, it’s grotty. It’s just… Continue Reading “Free play is an important ingredient in the learning mix”

‘JONK’ is an intriguing approach to improving children’s learning

‘The joy of not knowing’ might seem like an odd, even somewhat counterintuitive, statement to make in the context of a discussion about learning — after all, most people probably think about education in terms of the acquisition of knowledge — but it is… Continue Reading “‘JONK’ is an intriguing approach to improving children’s learning”

A young person’s stirring call for radical new thinking in education

Kayhan Ali is currently young mayor of Enfield. He is an articulate and engaging 17-year-old with big ideas and big ambitions. In particular, he has clear ideas about the failings of the current education system and of the new thinking that is required. If… Continue Reading “A young person’s stirring call for radical new thinking in education”

Children need to be able to safely enjoy and learn through play

Play has huge benefits for children and families. We have repeatedly highlighted on the Forum website its benefits for children’s intellectual, emotional, social and physical development. It helps maintain physical and mental health. It develops self-awareness and social interaction skills. It also promotes key… Continue Reading “Children need to be able to safely enjoy and learn through play”

Unlocking the benefits for children of play and outdoor learning

England has today moved to the next phase in the easing of the national lockdown, and the UK’s devolved nations are also in the process of gradually easing their restrictions. Now that spring has arrived, the evenings are getting longer and (hopefully) the weather… Continue Reading “Unlocking the benefits for children of play and outdoor learning”

Involving the community can enhance and enrich children’s learning

Schools are the beating hearts of our communities. They play a crucial role in repairing the damage caused by community fragmentation. They bring people together, often acting as a vital support for people in need, as shown not least during the Covid pandemic when… Continue Reading “Involving the community can enhance and enrich children’s learning”