Porte ouverte sur la classe by Alain Bachellier. Sourced from Flickr and reproduced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) licence.

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What is teaching? In this piece Mark K Smith explores the nature of teaching – those moments or sessions where we make specific interventions to help people learn particular things. He sets this within a discussion of pedagogy and didactics and demonstrates that we need to unhook consideration of the process of teaching from the role of ‘teacher’ in schools. There is also a linked piece: key teaching activities.

Serious and organised crime toolkit. This toolkit was developed by the Home Office, in partnership with the police and the voluntary sector, to provide information for practitioners working with young people to help them:

  • understand why young people get involved in serious and organised crime
  • understand how organised criminals operate
  • spot risks and identify when young people need support
  • help young people at risk to access the support they need

The toolkit can be used as the basis for interactive sessions with young people, aged 11-18.

The impact of austerity on schools and children’s education and well-being. Cutbacks in government-sponsored services, growing inequality and falling real wages, and changes in housing and income support are impacting upon the lives of children and creating major challenges for schools and colleges in the UK. Mark K Smith explores some key areas of concern and growing worries about the effects of direct cuts to school budgets.

New in the archivesCommunity participation, community development and non-formal education. In this piece Marjorie Mayo explores competing perspectives based upon different theoretical approaches to social change, and to combating poverty and disadvantage. This article was first published in 1994.

New in the archivesRadical community education. Tom Lovett explores the development of radical community education and explores different models of practice. Different models of recent work are reviewed and some ways forward suggested. This article was first published in 1994


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Acknowledgements: the picture, Porte ouverte sur la classe, is by Alain Bachellier. Sourced from Flickr and reproduced under a Creative Commons  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) licence. https://www.flickr.com/photos/alainbachellier/537295901/.

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