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  • Two ECLS students receive University Endowed Prizes

    The School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences are delighted to announce that two of its students received University Endowed Prizes for their academic achievements in Year 1 of their degrees.

    published on: 12 October 2016

  • Personal and professional learning from this summer’s conferences

    I was tempted to begin this blog post with a witty anagram of BERA and BELMAS, the two conferences I attended this summer but it is with some degree of embarrassment that I have given up with nothing to show for my efforts.

    published on: 10 October 2016

  • A small space for big ideas

    Prof Sugata Mitra is opening the smallest School in the Cloud research lab in India this week. Prof Sugata Mitra’s latest SOLE research lab is a discreet affair, tucked away in the corner of a school playground in West Bengal.

    published on: 27 September 2016

  • The Trouble with Aid – Quantity, Institutions and Utopian Ideals

    Just over a year before Priti Patel took up the post as Secretary of State for International Development, the Coalition Government brought into law the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015. 

    published on: 22 September 2016

  • European Day of Languages Competition 2016 goes live

    Network for Languages North East and the North Leadership Centre have partnered once again with the Association for Language Learning and Routes into Languages North East to run the European Day of Languages competition for schools and further education colleges.

    published on: 21 September 2016

  • Rethinking a National Curriculum and finding space for the local

    On 14 July 2016, the Prime Minister Theresa May announced her new Cabinet, following a significant reshuffle and re-structure of Government. In this context, researchers from all over Newcastle University express their thoughts on the challenges..

    published on: 20 September 2016

  • Sugata on why we need a turnaround in our education system (in Spanish)

    and how the SOLE method fits into that (in Spanish). He's just been in Spain to help bring SOLE into schools in Madrid.

    published on: 19 September 2016

  • EVENT: CfLaT Showcase 2016

    Themes of: Social justice; Innovative research methodologies; Professional development, leadership & learning; Innovative pedagogy and curriculum; Learning spaces; Teaching and learning in HE.

    published on: 15 September 2016

  • The One Show (BBC One)

    The One Show revisits 'Granny Cloud' volunteer Jackie Barrow four years on from her trip to Pune, India.

    published on: 11 September 2016

  • The Speech Therapy Society has won an RCSLT Giving Voice Award

    EXCITING NEWS: The Speech Therapy Society has won an RCSLT Giving Voice Award for our efforts in the last academic year! 

    published on: 9 September 2016

  • From private conversations to public dialogue reflections on a European research workshop

    Picture the scene; it was a sunny August Friday afternoon on the last day of a four day European conference in Dublin. We found our session venue and we organised ourselves and our resources for our workshop.

    published on: 31 August 2016

  • Africa overlooks 'slum superstars'

    Talented children from poor families with illiterate parents are often overlooked in developing countries, as no-one believes they can be gifted – wasting a potentially enormous contribution to economic growth and development.

    published on: 25 August 2016

  • Tim Morris Award

    In 2012 CfBT Education Trust (now Education Development Trust) launched the Tim Morris Award in order to provide a one-off grant of £2,000 to a PhD/MPhil student in the field of education in a developing context.

    published on: 22 August 2016

  • EVENT: Setting a course for life chances: a new direction

    This event discusses how researchers can influence policy by considering life chances across the lifecourse.

    published on: 18 August 2016

  • Dr Alina Schartner receives prestigious award in Bangkok

    Alina Schartner has been awarded the highly prestigious James J. Bradac Prize, which is awarded biannually by the International Association of Language & Social Psychology, and recognises early career excellence in the field of language and social psychology by a scholar.

    published on: 9 August 2016

  • Festival of Learning Nomination

    ESRC Impact IAA project, SOLE and Self Advocacy for Communities of Adults with Diverse Needs has been nominated for a 2016 Festival of Learning Award.

    published on: 1 August 2016

  • Appointments

    The Applied Linguistics & Communication section are delighted to announce the appointment of three new members of staff, set to join us some time in the autumn.

    published on: 30 July 2016

  • 23rd Annual Meeting of Society for Scientific Studies of Reading (SSSR)

    I was given the excellent opportunity to present a poster at the 23rd Annual Meeting of Society for Scientific Studies of Reading (SSSR)

    published on: 29 July 2016

  • Congratulations

    Alina Schartner has been awarded the highly prestigious James J. Bradac Prize, which is awarded biannually by the International Association of Language & Social Psychology.

    published on: 27 July 2016

  • Aspiring leaders understanding their ‘selves’ and/in social contexts

    This blog post follows up my initial thoughts concerning opportunities for change in August 2015. At that time, the opportunities in question related to the forthcoming review of National Professional Qualification programmes for Middle Leadership (NPQML), Senior Leadership (NPQSL) and Headship (NPQH) in England.  

    published on: 25 July 2016

  • Learning outdoors in school grounds

    Perhaps it’s the onset of summer weather, or the fact that the school term feels different after the exams and tests are over, but whatever the reason there has been a renewed interest in learning outdoors recently, as illustrated by a recent Guardian feature. 

    published on: 22 July 2016

  • InForm Conference 2016: Working with words – Supporting understanding of discipline-specific vocabulary in IFPs

    On 16 July 2016 I attended the annual InForm conference, which took place at Durham University. InForm is a publication edited by staff from the University of Reading that provides a research forum for HE professionals working on international foundation programmes.

    published on: 20 July 2016

  • UK teacher writes in defence of 'evidence' for SOLE

    In response to your article 'Sugata Mitra - the professor with his head in the cloud'Guardian (7th June 2016)

    published on: 18 July 2016

  • Self-Reflection - LILA '16

    I did present at LILA '16 / 3rd International Linguistics and Language Studies Conference which was held at Istanbul, Turkey on JUNE 24-25, 2016.

    published on: 15 July 2016

  • Education blog: The Case for a Community Curriculum Making

    Picture the scene, it is Monday afternoon and twenty 14 year olds are listening with rapt attention to a group of elderly men and women.  Some are writing furiously while others are using their mobile phones to record what is being said.  Back at school with the guidance of their teacher the students will spend the week crafting beautiful stories. The spelling and punctuation will be accurate, the presentation stunning. 

    published on: 17 June 2016

  • EVENT: The impact of poverty on education – New evidence on an old problem

    An event hosted by Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal in conjunction with Children North East and Schools North East, exploring the impact of poverty on education from a number of perspectives and launching an evaluation of the ‘Poverty Proofing the School Day’ initiative.

    published on: 16 June 2016

  • EVENT: Comparing Parent-Reported and Directly-Observed Child Language and Parenting Behaviours

    Parent-report and direct observational measures are frequently used to assess child outcomes and evaluate intervention success, although it is unclear whether these methods are interchangeable. 

    published on: 14 June 2016

  • SOLE can change a child’s world

    One of the brilliant things about SOLE is the fact that, with just an internet connection, a few computers, a bunch of children and a bit of guidance, anyone can do it. And that’s what we love about it.

    published on: 10 June 2016