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Pam Jarvis

PhD, Chartered Psychologist, historian, researcher, teacher and grandparent

Pam Jarvis PhD is a chartered psychologist and a historian. Her key research focus is the well-being of children, young people and their families, and the development of social policy to support this. She has three young grandsons, and is currently Reader in Childhood, Youth and Education at Leeds Trinity University. She is an active campaigner for 'developmentally informed' policy and practice
Socialising The

Socialising The Network

A decade and a half later, to effectively communicate on Twitter, I have had to consider how to communicate my thoughts effectively in 140 characters or less whilst maintaining coherence; this in turn led me to engage more deeply with the language of the emoticon and the visual attachment.
07/08/2017 15:01 BST
Smarties Only Have Part Of The

Smarties Only Have Part Of The Answer

While inequitable marking of such high stakes assessments is of course an issue that must be urgently dealt with, it seems to me that the core problem lies at a more fundamental level of the process, a misunderstanding of the relationship between data and assessment.
13/07/2017 11:34 BST
Grenfell: Forty Years In The

Grenfell: Forty Years In The Making

If we are determined to ensure that further tragedies on the Grenfell scale never happen again, it is the responsibility of us all to ensure that we root out the Thatcherist cancer that has been mushrooming at the heart of our society for the past three and a half decades, returning to a 'people first' approach.
21/06/2017 17:27 BST
May And The Handmaid's

May And The Handmaid's Tale

Mrs May claims that she is a feminist. She should therefore resign rather than enact such a betrayal upon us all.
12/06/2017 13:20 BST
The Emperor Has No

The Emperor Has No Clothes

Perhaps, during this week in which we commemorate a religious leader whose contribution to humanity was to champion compassion and charity, we should take a little time to contemplate the burgeoning evidence which reveals the nakedness of the neoliberal emperor currently bestriding the western world?
13/04/2017 10:57 BST
Shall We

Shall We Dance?

Over the twenty-some intervening years, I have begun to wonder how many such socially inept policies vandalised the spaces in which people within similar communities across the nation were able to come together, and in so doing, created the conditions for holes to form within the fabric of human connection.
26/03/2017 21:49 BST
The Power Of The

The Power Of The Story

How did we ever have enough time for all this? In those pre-SATs and pre-accountability days, the last half an hour of every school day for every year group in the school, from Reception to Year Six was spent sitting on the carpet, listening to the teacher read a story.
01/03/2017 16:20 GMT
Little People, Big

Little People, Big Data

The DFE has also yet to answer questions about the ways in which data collected by such inappropriate tests are to be stored; what uses will be made of them and how long they will be retained. For example, might schools use such data to set and stream children in the early primary school period?
16/02/2017 16:15 GMT
2017: The Year Of Parent

2017: The Year Of Parent Power?

As the Anglophone world prepares to move with trepidation into a new phase in its history, with the inauguration of Donald Trump and the beginnings of the Brexit negotiations, a quieter revolution is also under way which has equal potential to change society.
17/01/2017 15:35 GMT
All The Small

All The Small Things

Now, as those of us in the Northern Hemisphere face the longest night of the year, it is time to do as communities in our cold little island have done for millennia, and celebrate all the small things that make us happy as we begin our journey back from the darkness into the light.
21/12/2016 16:38 GMT
Too Much, Too Young for

Too Much, Too Young for PISA

We still just have time to mute the effects of Gove's 'accelerated curriculum' if we act quickly. If we do not, the PISA results of the 2020s will no doubt make even more painful reading for all involved in education in England.
09/12/2016 16:10 GMT
All You Need Is

All You Need Is Love

What it would tell us, if only we would study our reflection for long enough, is that, what is most 'humanly desirable' in the production and maintenance of mentally healthy, sociable human beings is, as two of the most celebrated bards of the twentieth century pointed out, fundamentally 'easy: all you need is love'.
21/11/2016 12:00 GMT