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Mindfulness-Based Interventions For Improving Cognition, Academic Achievement, Behaviour, And Socioemotional Functioning Of Primary And Secondary School Students

This Campbell systematic review examines the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) implemented in school settings on cognition, behaviour, socio-emotional outcomes and academic achievement. MBIs are interventions that use a mindfulness component, broadly defined as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally”, and is often combined with yoga, cognitive-behavioural strategies, or relaxation-skills training.

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11/05/2017
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Five Ways the Arts Are Good for Kids

Child Trends has released a new research brief that identifies “five ways the arts are good for kids”. It presents existing research on the topic from several sources such as the University of Pennsylvania, the National Institutes of Health and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as several published articles.

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11/05/2017
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Father–Child Interactions: Contributions To Children's Cognitive Development

This study by Imperial College London suggests babies learn faster if their fathers engage with them in the first few months of life, and the findings show the value of early paternal involvement.

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11/05/2017
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Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy 2016 (Literacy)

The literacy skills of Scottish school pupils have fallen over the past four years, according to this report published by the Scottish government.

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11/05/2017
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Randomised Controlled Trial of Code Clubs and Process Evaluation

This National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) study shows the results of a randomised controlled trial and process evaluation of Code Clubs. The results of the evaluation showed that attending Code Club for a year did not impact on pupils’ computational thinking any more than might have occurred anyway, but did significantly improve their coding skills in Scratch, HTML/CSS and Python.

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18/05/2017
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Reducing Musculoskeletal Injury And Concussion Risk In Schoolboy Rugby Players

This study from the University of Bath shows that a 20-minute exercise programme for young rugby players to improve their strength and balance could help to reduce concussion injuries.

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18/05/2017
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Teacher Retention And Turnover Research

Maths, science and language teachers in England have high rates of leaving the profession, particularly in their first five years, according to this study by NFER. The research aims to gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics within the teacher workforce in England. It is also one of the first pieces of research to explore differences in teacher retention rates in English secondary schools by the subject they teach.

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18/05/2017
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Autonomy In The Right Place: School Governance Reform In Scotland

As the Scottish government reviews the governance structures and processes of Scottish schools, this report considers what reforms to school governance could have a positive effect on attainment, including what evidence there is for a gap between denominational and non-denominational schools. It also makes recommendations for how decision-making powers over education should be devolved to the local level as default.

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18/05/2017
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Hidden Talents: The Overlooked Children Whose Poor Verbal Skills Mask Potential

This study by GL Assessment highlights that a significant minority of children are failing to get good GCSEs, even in science subjects, because their innate talents are masked by poor verbal reasoning skills. As a result, the country is squandering a large, untapped reserve of young scientists and engineers.

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26/05/2017
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Teaching Genetics Prior To Teaching Evolution Improves Evolution Understanding But Not Acceptance

This research from the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bathdemonstrates a simple cost-free way to significantly improve students’ understanding of evolution at secondary level: teach genetics before you teach them evolution.

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26/05/2017
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Mobile Devices In Early Learning

This report published by Stranmillis University College has been found that the use of portable devices such as iPads and other tablets in the classroom can have a positive impact on the development of young children’s literacy, numeracy and communication skills.

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26/05/2017
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Success In The 21st Century: The Education Of Head, Heart And Hand

This IPPR publication describes how our one-dimensional education system needs to adapt to the multidimensional world today's children find themselves in.

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26/05/2017
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