educational

A recent report in Schools Week outlined a slump in the number of educational psychologists employed in local authorities, decreasing from 1900 in 2010 to 1650 in 2015. Journalist Freddie Whittaker also pointed to a survey from the...

It was reassuring to read Helen Owen’s account of her burgeoning career as an applied educational psychologist (‘An educational experience’, October, 2016). Often our professional...

There appears to be a growing appetite among teachers for brain-based findings to guide their work in the classroom: a 2014 survey by the Wellcome Trust found that 91 per cent of teachers have used their understanding of neuroscience to inform at least one aspect of teaching...

WHEN a pupil ‘can’t be bothered’ with school it is often difficult to have sympathy if they then fail to succeed academically. Even teachers may struggle to be supportive, seeing the youngster’s lack of success as self-inflicted. But according to Alan McLean, who is based in the...
The Government’s ‘Every Child Matters’ (ECM) legislation constitutes a major national strategic initiative in the improvement of services provided to children and families (DfES, 2004). The ECM agenda makes outcomes for children central to integrated children’s services that...

Recent research in cognitive neuroscience has advanced our knowledge of the brain areas underpinning imitation – a process often exploited in education that is said to provide a foundation for language acquisition, skill learning, socialisation and enculturation (Brass &...