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Irena Barker

Writer and editor

Location icon United Kingdom

Hello and thanks for taking the time to visit my portfolio.

I am a journalist with 17 years' experience in news journalism, specialising in producing compelling content for print and online.

I provide rigorously researched news articles, features and comment on any topic, but I have special expertise in education and youth issues.

Please ask about my experience writing and editing content marketing, case studies, blogs, letters, speeches, books and promotional materials.

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the Guardian
Knife crime: using the power of drill music to tackle gang culture

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.

Can we trust the results of high-stakes tests?

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




Do classroom renovations boost pupils' learning?

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.

Mas & Pas
10 stress-free ways to get kids helping around the house - Mas & Pas

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.

the Guardian
Steamy secrets of my grandparents' private letters

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

Teachers in transition

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

A radical rethink | ELgazette

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

TES magazine/online
The French connection

In these risk-averse times the traditional school foreign exchange trip is under threat

Print and Online Editing

Copy Writing/Content Marketing

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