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CONTENTS Dear Reader,


Welcome to our Editor’s Choice supplement, a new departure for us and a way for us to celebrate some of the best copy from the magazine in the past school year. We’ve chosen pieces from across the year, and grouped them by category – we start with a trio of our ever- popular “View from the classroom” features, and then move on to a selection from our lively and informative “Views and opinion”. We continue with six pieces from our “From


the pen of…” series, in which we hear from authors working in UK education, before focusing in on the work of our regular contributor Felicia Jackson, Chair of the Learn2Think Foundation and a writer whose thoughts on tolerance are needed today more than ever. From Felicia we move to our regular SEND correspondents Kate Sarginson and Joanne Gladders, whose intelligent and insightful commentary has made our “Spotlight on SEND” pages the success they are; and then it’s on to Kirsty Bertenshaw, founder of educational consultancy STEMtastic and former teacher, whose monthly thoughts on STEM (and particularly how to do science in the classroom on a shoestring) have resonated with so many of you. Last but by no means least, we share the work of Alicia Blanco-Bayo, Early Years Lecturer and WTEY Programme Leader at Edge Hill University’s Faculty of Education, whose passion for early years education is evident in everything she writes. Thanks to Alicia, we also get to hear from a wide variety of early years voices at Edge Hill, and we have included one of those voices, Emma Rowlands, a year 2 early years student at the University. Rounding out the issue are five features


drawn from the year – we cover a lot of different topics and wanted to give you a flavour of the depth and breadth of that coverage. With that in mind, we’ve chosen features on mental health and wellbeing, sharing best practice, the benefits of the performing arts for children in schools, how to organise the perfect school trip, and finally, from our remote learning supplement at the start of the coronavirus lockdown, the harnessing of technology’s full potential for education. This has been a turbulent year for the education sector, both for schools and the companies which supply them, but we hope that this collection of some of our favourite pieces from a year’s worth of the magazine stimulates and informs in equal measure. We’ve really enjoyed putting it together – we sincerely hope you enjoy reading it!


Jonathan Swift - Managing Editor In this issue...


4-09 VIEW FROM THE CLASSROOM


We go behind the gates at Rush Green Primary School, Gladstone Primary School, and the Learning for Life Campus at West Lea School


10-15 VIEWS & OPINION


Featuring comment and opinion from the UK education sector 16-18 FROM THE PEN OF…


With authors Kevin Lister, Kirstie Hewett, Ghislaine Kenyon, Pam Aculey, John West-Burnham and Malcolm Groves, Paul A. Kirschner and Carl Hendrick


19-23 OUR REGULARS


A selection from our regular correspondents’ best pieces, featuring Felicia Jackson, Kate Sarginson, Joanne Gladders, Kirsty Bertenshaw, and Alicia Blanco-Bayo


24-33 FEATURES


Covering mental health and wellbeing, sharing best practice, the benefits of the performing arts for children in schools, how to organise the perfect school trip, and the harnessing of technology’s full potential for education


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