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Working with Children

Letterpress Project Book stall

Reading is an essential skill for children’s development – and of course one of the fundamental components of schooling – but it is also crucial for parents and carers to encourage it from a young age – and not just in order to hit those SATs targets.  Not only does

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Newman Students at Citizens UK Birmingham Delegates Assembly

Citizens UK Birmingham

First year students from Newman University’s BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families (WCYPF), BA (Hons) Youth and Community Work, BA (Hons) Psychology and Childhood and BA (Hons) Counselling and WCYPF programmes who are currently studying Social Policy, had the opportunity to put theory into practice and get

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Christmas 2022

Reflection on Christmas

Over the festive season, many of us were decorating our Christmas trees and thinking ahead to the new year. For lots of children, this is a happy time, full of promise and hope. For many others, it is not. According to the national housing charity Shelter 120,000 children were homeless

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Working with Children

Student Voice – Applying my education to real life scenarios

Working with Children, Young People and Families WCYPF Alumni Marissa shared her journey for getting into Higher Education, her time at Newman, and the skills she has been able to use in the working environment. My journey to Higher Education has not been the easiest. I was initially studying at

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Negotiated Assessments: I’m a convert!!

When I was introduced to the idea of negotiated assessments a couple of years ago, I have to confess that I was rather bemused by the idea. I couldn’t quite comprehend how you might avoid someone always choosing an essay, and therefore not developing other skills (that they might otherwise

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Working with Children

Can writing retreats develop students’ writing practices?

Last week, I introduced the idea of writing retreats for students studying on the BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families programme. Writing retreats are a popular tool used by academics to escape to a quiet place with like-minded colleagues and concentrate on producing a piece of writing

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