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Many parents will commiserate over the daily struggle to get their children to sit down and focus on homework. With increasing pressure to participate in extracurricular sports and clubs, and with the widespread availability of video, computer and tablet games – each more...

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...

The benefits of professional school-based counsellors in supporting young people experiencing emotional problems will be evaluated through an extensive three-year study, which will establish a dedicated counselling service in 18 English secondaries.

The randomised...

I am moved to respond to the letter regarding motivation in schools (‘Negative effects of reward systems in classrooms’, December 2015). An initial emotional...

A group of psychologists in Bath have been invited to run an after-school psychology club for primary-age children. Dr Susanna Martin, a postdoctoral researcher at the university’s CREATE Lab, was invited by a local primary to run psychology activities over nine weeks with...

Children in England show some of lowest levels of happiness with their school lives, compared with 14 other countries surveyed by The Children’s Society. Bullying seems a particular problem with more than half a million 10 and 12-year-olds having been physically bullied each...

Playtime is an important aspect of everyday life for most school-aged children. As well as an opportunity for fun, the free for-all of the playground is a challenging environment that provides opportunity for cognitive, social and physical development. Children engaging in...

Over recent years there has been growing interest from educationalists and politicians in so-called ‘non-cognitive’ or ‘soft’ skills, resulting in attempts to introduce programmes such as character building and resilience training into schools. This growing interest counters...

As the summer is nearly upon us, parents of four-year-old children will almost certainly begin to wonder about how their children’s lives will change once they start school. What can they do to prepare their offspring? Are they ‘ready’?  

‘School readiness’ is a term...

Kyle knew that he wasn’t supposed to use his mobile phone during lessons. Yet here he was at 3.30pm, the end of the school day, and he was trudging down the corridor to another detention. It wasn’t his fault he had arrived late to the lesson, and he felt a smouldering anger...