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Burma has made headline news for all the wrong reasons recently.

Beat the bullies with revitalised playgrounds

By Anne Longfield |

06 November 2007

It might come as little surprise, but new research shows that boring school playgrounds and playtimes create an environment ripe for negative behaviour and school bullies.

The best education begins in the home

By Howard Williamson |

30 October 2007

A number of issues have converged for me in recent months. There was the Rowntree report on family relationships, and the Sutton Trust report on social mobility - or rather, the shocking lack of it. The German EU presidency culminated this summer in a congress on young people and strategies for social cohesion. And, just the other weekend, Lewis Hamilton came within a point of being crowned Formula One champion in his first season. This could almost be a quiz question: what is the connection?

Editorial: Children's services remain colour-blind

By Ravi Chandiramani |

30 October 2007

Findings of a study about engaging black and minority ethnic (BME) parents in children's services have been published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (see p4). Given government policy's emphasis on positive parenting and on connecting with hard-to-reach communities, it contains important messages for professionals who work with the young and their families.

Music for learning, intelligence and healing

By Anne Longfield |

23 October 2007

The importance of the arts to children's development is both well-recognised and longstanding.

Prevention is far better than any cure

By Anne Longfield |

16 October 2007

A preventive approach to support for children and young people has emerged as a clear priority within the reconfigured Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Feed young people's passion for politics

By Anne Longfield |

02 October 2007

Young people should feel confident in having a say in the world around them.

Editorial: Playgrounds should be fun for fun's sake

By Tristan Donovan |

25 September 2007

When put against protecting children from abuse or making sure they attain the school grades they need to have a decent future as an adult, getting them to have fun can seem a side issue.

Why should the young have to conform?

By Howard Williamson |

25 September 2007

I have just read Helen Reddington's book The Lost Women of Rock Music, which traces what happened to the influx of female musicians who entered the business in the 1970s and early 80s.

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but many children still arrive at school hungry or with just a quick, often sugary, snack inside them.