Intute: Education research round-up

After the joys of a little time away from work and even the odd appearance at a conference, the inbox is full of various updates, news and information. So in the spirit of clearing out the backlog, here is a round-up of some recent education links of interest.

With the new school year just started, how do children feel about being plunged into a whole new world? New research from the universities of Bath and Bristol, funded by the ESRC reveals that children show signs of stress 3 to 6 months before even starting school.

Once at school, researchers at Durham University believe that a good reception year teacher makes the biggest and longest-lasting difference to primary school education,  following an assessment of over 70,000 children.  However, they are also skeptical about the effects of other Government led interventions.

When it comes time to assess pupil progress, the obsession with tests and exams may be harming children’s emotional well-being according to the Institute of Education, who also caution us that having too many graduates may spoil the value of a degree.

A whole raft of studies from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has drawn together a number of projects that look and poverty and education. It appears that children are aware of their reduced life chances and educational opportunities, due to poverty and this isn’t just the preserve of social policy experts and government statisticians.

Of course, much of this flurry of activity is due to the recent BERA Conference that was held at the Institute of Education in London and we will have more updates later in the week.

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