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03/03/2014
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ECJ 4.2 Editorial - The midlife crisis of early years

What’s going on in early years policy? Is it that the detail of the policies haven’t been thought through? Is it a lack of leadership? Is it lack of funds? Or vision? Or is it a combination of all four? Because at the moment it looks a big mess.

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ECJ 4.2 Contents

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ECJ 4.2 Developments and news

Plans announced to scrap 1:8 staff-child ratio in after-school clubs; Talking to newborn babies boosts brain power; Less than half of parents block unsuitable online material; and more.

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ECJ 4.2 Reports

Associations between violent video gaming and moral reasoning in adolescents; Are today's teens more socially aware?; The quality of early childhood education and care for children under three; and more.

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Fighting for free transport for children with SEN

Local authorities have a legal responsibility to provide free transport to children with SEN, so why do so many refuse to do so? Jane McConnell from the special needs charity IPSEA outlines where local authorities have got it seriously wrong and shows how to tackle councils.

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Improving sex and relationships education in primary schools

The battle for SRE in education has long been won, but questions remain about the quality of lessons. Lucy Emmerson reports on an initiative by the Sex Education Forum to improve quality by involving children. Later, Tim Linehan looks at the SEF’s toolkit for creating school-wide practice and policies on SRE.

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Challenging neglect

How do local authorities support families as soon as problems emerge? Claire Easton reports on the latest round in the LARC series of research, which explores how universal and early intervention services help families where children are experiencing ‘low- level’ neglect.

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Have early years services grown up?

Two of the country’s leading lights in early years policy reflect on the history and the future of the services. Naomi Eisenstadt looks at the original purpose of children’s centres, and considers whether this needs to be reframed, while Lisa Harker calls for children’s centres to refocus on children under the age of two.

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Looking for trouble

Conflict between children is usually seen as something that needs to be avoided or resolved. But, argues Nicola Watson, if we see it as an opportunity to develop emotional and social learning, the benefits to children can be transformative.

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Top of the class

What impact does class ranking have on children’s confidence and later exam success? Richard Murphy and Felix Weinhardt uncover findings which could have a major impact on education settings in the UK.

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Reflections on a year of change for the early years sector

Eighteen months ago, a new inspection regime was implemented with the result that many early years settings have been downgraded. Have standards slipped? Michael Freeston says the facts behind the figures tell a different story.

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03/03/2014
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Building a better internet for schools

e-policies in schools usually focus on safety. But, in the month of Safer Internet Day, is it time to focus on the opportunities the internet offers? Ken Corish says it’s time to celebrate Better Internet Day.

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03/03/2014
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Social capital and children in care

We have known for a long time that children in care under-perform in schools. But perhaps focusing on outcomes is part of the problem. Michele McClung and Vernon Gayle report on research investigating the impact of social capital on children’s attainment in schools and make some surprising discoveries.

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Leading the way

Can mentoring by young people play a role in transforming the outcomes and aspirations of deprived children in school? Sophie Livingstone reports on a scheme imported from the US that suggests it can.

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ECJ 4.2 Full Issue

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27/03/2014
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