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

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January 18, 2014
by Jean
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Richard Rose in Bangalore

Richard Rose, Professor of Inclusive Education and Director of the Centre for Education and Research (CESNER) at the University of Northampton, has begun writing a blog. At present he is teaching in Bangalore in India.


Richard is working with teachers on the University’s MA in Special and Inclusive Education. You can see the Facebook page for the course here – MA Special and Inclusive Education, Bangalore, India

He arrived only a few days ago and his post from today discusses working with teachers to create a format for Individual Education Plans, principles for implementation and a process for evaluation. Yesterday he shared with us the RTE – Right to Education Act – and the implications for schools and education.

If you are working to support pupils you’ll find his posts of interest, inspiring you to reflect upon the similarities and differences and the challenges we have in common. You can subscribe to his blog here – Richard Rose Bangalore


January 13, 2014
by Jean
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World Book Night 2014


You might have heard about World Book Night – this takes place each year on the evening of the 23rd April.

The Reading Agency run this event, which is focused around getting adults involved with reading. The aims of World Book Might are:


If you want to take part you can apply to be a World Book Night giver. I was lucky enough to be a giver last year and the year before. I gave out the Icelandic vampire novel ‘Let the right one in’ outside my local independent cinema to encourage people to read the book of the film and I gave out ‘Why be happy when you could be normal’ to a group of students to remind them of the pleasure that can be gained from reading – sometimes easy to forget when we’re reading for assignments.

There’s lots of information about applying to be a World Book Night giver here

The closing date is January 23rd 2014!

If you know of a group of people who you could encourage and motivate to read why not apply – you might want to encourage parents to read as this will influence their children’s attitude to reading. You might want to remind staff of their love of reading – vital when they are supporting children with reading.

On a smaller scale a great idea I recently saw on Twitter is this:


All staff display the cover of the book they are currently reading for their pupils to see. (thanks to @ASTsupportAAli for this idea).

January 7, 2014
by Jean


#Nuture1314 is a hashtag on Twitter – you might have noticed it if follow anyone in the world of education.If you aren’t on Twitter you can put #Nuture1314 into a search engine and the blog posts that have made made in relation to this will come up for you to browse through – you can home in on some that interest you and read them. You can also find links to lots of them in this storify:  #Nuture1314 storify


So   teachers and educationalists who blog have reflected upon their 2013 and written about 13 achievements or successes.They’ve then looked ahead to 2014 and written about 14 thoughts, ideas or resolutions. Here are a few that you might find interesting – but there are many more.

The extract above comes from Rachel Jones’s blog ‘Create Innovate Explore’ and you can read her post here: My#Nuture1314

This is one written by Fiona Peters, who is a primary teaching Assistant: Fiona Peters

If you support children with special educational needs you might be interested in this one: Cherrylkd SEN Advocate

If you teach or support art you might be interested in this one: MrsJoBaker

If you find a blog or blog post that you think others would like to read let me know by commenting on this post, tweeting me @JeanEd70 or emailing me and I’ll post a link here.

If you want to have a go do share it with us on this blog or by tweeting a link to it on #Nuture1314.