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Schools and knife crime: Inspections Clinic

Rising levels of youth violence have shone a light on what schools are doing to keep children safe and educate them about the dangers. Jo Stephenson reports on the findings of a London research project.

Caring in the classroom

The Roots of Empathy programme aims to help pupils understand their own feelings and those of others. Rowenna Davis visits a primary school in Blackheath, south-east London, to see it in action.

Education: the route to qualification

Special educational needs: Special educational needs (SEN) teachers are usually classroom teachers with several years' experience. There is a SEN element to all initial teacher-training courses.

Five inspection trends

Ofstedā€™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.

Legal Update: Issues SEND review must solve

Delayed government review must improve access to good-quality support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, says the Child Law Advice Service's Richard Oldershaw.

University challenge: help for care leavers

Care-experienced young people are significantly less likely to attend university than their peers. Experts explore what support needs to be in place for them to access the benefits of higher education.

Inspections: Early years provision in schools

Ofsted inspections of school-based early years provision reveals a picture of quality services delivered by highly qualified staff, skilled in helping to prepare children for their transition to primary school.

Cared-for learning

Emily Rogers looks at some innovative methods to raise the educational attainment of children in care, and reverse the damaging impact of adverse early life experiences on their ability to learn.

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