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Final independent evaluation of Learning Away residentials published, identifying their impacts as well as what it is about the overnight stay that brings about such positive powerful outcomes for young people long after their return to school. - See more at: http://learningaway.org.uk/residentials/evidence/independent-evaluation-of-learning-away/#sthash.zXZGaoJy.dpuf

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According to the Guardian last Saturday, Oxford University Press have revealed a list of entries it no longer feels to be relevant to a modern-day childhood.



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Want to take a more balanced approach to risk? Here’s the tool you have been waiting for.


Tim Gill posted on the 12th November:

"Today marks a new phase in the move to a more balanced, thoughtful approach to risk management in children's play and learning, with the launch of a short, easy-to-use assessment tool."

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Ofsted praise Barrow Island Community Primary School for the way that residentials are supporting literacy.

Ofsted inspection of Barrow Island Community Primary School

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Research: School trips improve weaker pupils' writing

http://news.tes.co.uk/b/news/2014/05/21/school-trips-and-structured-writing-helps-secondary-students-catch-up-with-classmates.aspx A school trip to the zoo could help a struggling pupil to learn how to read or write, according to a new report.

 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/writing-about-my-day-at-the-zoo-can-help-a-childs-literacy-survey-finds-9413381.html It aims to encourage pupils to take ownership of their work and can be used to teach most genres of writing, including narrative writing. Memorable experiences, such as trips to local landmarks or visits from World War II veterans, were used as a focus for writing lessons.
http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/projects/using-self-regulation-to-improve-writing/ -------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is one of 4 project evaluations just published http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/projects/projects-a-z/?tile=3&ids=0|531|595|529|530
Not all the others appear to show such strong effects/impact
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Judith Hackitt’s ‘Risk Assessment’ – Playing and learning



This week I had the pleasure of attending the House of Commons to speak at the launch of the Play Safety Forum's revised guidance on Managing Risk in Play Provision. It was good to chat with a number of dedicated people who are passionate about seeing children learn important lessons about life from outdoor play. HSE was happy to support the production of the guidance and drafted a joint high level statement with Play Safety Forum, which is included in the publication.
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http://projectwildthing.com/

Feature film coming out this weekend at a number of cinemas over the UK. More...

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The problem with education? Children aren't feral enough The 10-year-old Londoners I took to Wales were proof that a week in the countryside is worth three months in a classroom