You may be interested to know more about Peter Blatchford as he is an academic whose work many of you have begun to read. Like many academics he works at a university and you can find his page on the Institute of Education website. This gives you more information about what he has researched about and written – some of which may relate to what you writing about.
You can look at the list of his published work and see if any of it relates to your assignment, then look it up in the library catalogue (books) or NELSON (academic journal articles).
He also writes a blog which you can read to get a sense of his thinking about educational issues. You can access it here
Last week you probably heard talk about research relating to the effect of free school meals on learning alongside Nick Clegg’s announcement of free school meals for infants in English schools in the future.
On the BBC Radio 4 programme More or Less, broadcast last week, Tim Harford explored this research more fully and discussed it with one of the researchers. As a university student working in education this is interesting for you to listen to as it will help you consider the media coverage last week more analytically. The discussion starts at the beginning of the programme and continues for about 8 minutes. I have also saved it to Box of Broadcasts and you can look it up using ‘More or Less’ and September 20th.
You should also read the original research and compare this to what you heard and read last week.