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Special Report: Policy - Outdoor Learning

Research showing outdoor learning makes children happier and improves attainment has prompted a £10m investment by policymakers, yet disadvantaged groups still struggle to access opportunities

Special Report: Research: Outdoor Learning - Research evidence: Study 5

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is a charity that promotes the opportunity for all children to experience life and lessons beyond the classroom as a regular part of growing up. It provides support on the ground, facilitating the sharing of best practice and promoting the benefits of outdoor learning for engaging children in education

Special Report: Research: Outdoor Learning - Research evidence: Study 4

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is a charity that promotes the opportunity for all children to experience life and lessons beyond the classroom as a regular part of growing up. It provides support on the ground, facilitating the sharing of best practice and promoting the benefits of outdoor learning for engaging children in education

Children's social care reporting: putting councils in the driving seat

Performance reporting is much maligned in social care. The argument, repeated many times in several audiences, is that a poor social worker can “game the system” by ensuring all the right boxes are ticked, while a good worker, tiring themselves out by being involved in their families’ lives, won’t have the time to keep on top of the paperwork.

Successful partnership working

Partnership working has far-reaching benefits for children’s services, ensuring resources go further and best practice is shared. Knowing what makes a successful partnership is key to strong leadership.

Inspections Clinic: Behaviour in the classroom

The government has unveiled plans to tackle unruly behaviour in schools. Ofsted’s Daniel Muijs explains to Jo Stephenson that a consistent approach and good-quality training are key to a good inspection outcome.

School admissions framework: Legal update

The current primary school admissions process continues to lead to poorer outcomes for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, says Richard Oldershaw of the Child Law Advice Service.

Giving children a better start in life

The National Lottery-funded A Better Start programme to boost early child development celebrates its fifth birthday this month. Those involved in the programme highlight its achievements to date.

Five inspection trends

Ofsted’s latest annual report highlights changes in performance among early years, education and social care providers, and the quality of services they deliver. Jo Stephenson analyses the key emerging trends.

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