A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

December 17, 2013
by Jean

Support Early Childhood Development!

The University of Northampton’s School of Education has launched a short film outlining why Early Childhood Development must be at the heart of the United Nations’ post-2015 Development Goals. The video, premièred at the United Nations on Thursday 12th September, urges the decision makers to make a difference for all children and their families, regardless of where they are born.

You can read more about the campaign here – University news

You can watch the video here – Campaign for Early Childhood Development

To support the campaign you can sign the petition here – Sign the petition

You can use #Uni4children to join the discussion on Twitter. We were thrilled to find that today Eddie Izzard re-tweeted the tweet about the video to his three million plus followers!

December 11, 2013
by Jean

TAs in the OFSTED Report 2012/13

Today the Ofsted launched the Annual Report for 2012 / 13.

You can read the media coverage of this on various websites including the BBC website and the Education Guardian.

You can download the report itself from the OFSTED website. As university students you will be drawn to the primary source, the report itself. It is interesting for you to then compare this to the media interpretations.

It is interesting to note that the report mentions teaching assistants several times. Once on p13 in the section about teaching: here it discusses the need for ‘high performing leaders of teaching’ who could inspire a ‘high degree of consistency in the quality of teaching across the school’ and the need for all staff including teaching assistants (and midday assistants) to be ‘trained to have the same high standards and to challenge pupils to do better.’ Later, on p15 and p16 teaching assistants are identified as making contributions in the examples of outstanding teaching: one in a Year 3 lesson, using her skills as an Italian speaker to support pronunciation and several in a year 6 science lesson who reinforce and extend pupils’ learning by supporting them in making predictions and asking questions.