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Opinion: Learning by doing has more impact than learning by rote

Here's an admission: I've recently come to the view that what I've believed for a long time about how I work is, if not wrong, woefully incomplete. Worse, I've always known this, subconsciously, but have ignored it because it did not fit my prejudices. For years, I have been promoting the need to understand the legal basis of what we do. I am one of the sad people to have read the year 2000 study on the law of education and the role of the local authority, from preface to appendices. I was one of the few students attending the lectures on education law during my Postgraduate Certificate in Education course.

North Wales scandals must produce legacy of listening

Listening to children and young people has never been more important. The need for strong leadership and vision, coupled with a cross-party approach to children and young people's services, is crucial. That was my message to the National Assembly for Wales' children and young people committee as I outlined my annual report for 2012/13 and reflected on the work of my office during the past 12 months.