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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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Young carers in schools


Many students play a key role in the care of relatives or family members who are unable to look after themselves. While most children or teenagers help in the home, the role of a young carer is distinguished by the amount of time involved and by the absence of supervision and guidance from adults. For young carers school may offer relief and refuge from the strains of their responsibilities, and a place to mix and socialise. At the same time the caring role may hinder their school work and expose them to further social pressures. There are a number of important ways in which schools can support young carers, through policies and procedures, curriculum and relationships with school staff.

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Factors influencing entering teacher candidates' preferences for instructional activities

Vicente Talanquer, Ingrid Novodvorsky, Debra Tomanek

Student teachers' preferences for particular science activities reveal aspects of their general approach to teaching and learning, and may identify potential misconceptions in their approach to pedagogy – International Journal of Science Education.

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Preparing pre-service primary teachers to teach primary science: a partner-based approach

John Kenny

A professional partnership approach to preparing pre-service primary teachers to teach science is examined – International Journal of Science Education.

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Gatekeeper & guide

Darragh O Keeffe

The position of teacher librarians in schools needs more support in view of the role they play in enhancing students’ literacy and their academic results – Education Review.

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Getting on the same page

Experts offer feedback on the draft senior years national curriculum in English, maths, history and science – Education Review.

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