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Looking at the merits of citizen patrols
Like the rap duo Krept and Konan, Jinx Prowse, who runs the Music Fusion youth project in Hampshire, believes a police clampdown on drill music is not the answer to knife crime. "Gangs and their culture exist first. This then informs the music.
In terms of challenging stereotypes and representations of black boys this was so powerful for me ... because it's not an image that you're used to ever seeing, and you question why it has such an impact on you," says Kay Rufai.
Research article on benefits of exercise in school
Irena Barker takes a look at the impact of a unique qualification
The chief executive of Redthread youth work charity says A&Es are the best places to reach young, at-risk victims of knife crime
Meeting the charity shop obsessives
When teachers and schools are under intense pressure to get results, how can we know if a jump in attainment represents a real leap in learning? Daniel Koretz warns Irena Barker that the more we tie assessments to accountability, the less reliable they become
A mobile youth club is providing a safe space for young people to socialise in areas where violent crime is a problem
Interviews about school exclusions
Questions raised over dual roles
A revolution in French schools?
Theresa May’s grammar schools revolution will lead to a surge in independent schools seeking to join the state sector, headteachers are predicting.
More than half of grammar schools are set to fundamentally reform their admissions by giving preference to children from poor homes.
Get kids writing on a proper machine
Parents are faced with unpicking bizarre data when it comes to making a school choice, writes Irena Barker
All students and teachers should sit down together to a proper lunch
Comment for TES
(Under nom de plume)
The Prince of Wales School, a primary in Dorchester, Dorset, is not housed in an enormous warehouse. Neither does it have a huge car park outside. And there is definitely no deli counter. But, according to headteacher Gary Spracklen, the school's recent classroom renovations, embarked upon to boost learning, were partly inspired by supermarket giant Tesco.
139 views Irena Barker Your little ones are too busy having fun to notice the mess. You're tired out from cleaning and tidying, but it's more than possible to get kids helping around the house, and enjoying it. Underpants on the light fittings, smelly socks under the sofa cushions, splashes of wee on the toilet seat.
After Chris and Bessie's deaths, Irena Barker's family opened a box of 500 love letters written while the second world war kept them apart. The couple held little back as they expressed their longing
Is the preoccupation with the dreaming spires damaging social mobility?
Coming out as transgender is daunting for teachers, and can have tragic results. We look at what schools can do to help Pic: Nick Youngson http://www.nyphotographic.com/
A look at the experiences of teachers' spouses
School profile: One school at the sharp end of European immigration to the UK tells Irena Barker how it is supporting its many English language learners
How do we solve educational underachievement in Britain's seaside towns?
In these risk-averse times the traditional school foreign exchange trip is under threat
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