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B is For Book

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From director Sam Benstead and Century Films, this film follows a group of primary schoolchildren as they learn to read, following each child as they take their first steps in to the world of the written word. Filmed in an ordinary British school, the programme features children from the great variety of backgrounds that make up today’s Britain. Some of them make a flying start with their reading; others struggle. Some have many books at home, others few. Some have parents who themselves have trouble reading, and others have a parent who doesn’t speak English. In such cases a child’s literacy can be vital for the family.

This film discovers the extraordinary power of literacy, beyond its educational importance. As the children learn to read it is as if the world around them is transformed. Through stories, they can be taken on a journey to discover far-flung places and meet a myriad of colourful characters. B Is For Book gives us privileged access to a profound process that all of us only ever do once in our lives.

The Society for Educational Studies are delighted to have been able to work with Century Films in part funding this film.

B is For Book appeared on BBC Four at 21:00 on 5th July 2016, and is available on BBC iPlayer

Society for Educational Studies Annual Seminar

Mumbai High: The Musical - Directors Interview

Mumbai High: The Musical

Mumbai High is a Century Films Ltd. creation, from BAFTA award winning director, Brian Hill funded by the Society for Educational Studies. This one-hour long musical documentary turns the spotlight on the hopes and dreams of teenagers attending a school in the sprawling Mumbai slum area of Dharavi.

Mumbai High will appear on BBC Four at 23.00 on 21st December 2015.

Journal Editor Receives Visiting Professorships

Professor Gary McCulloch

Professor Gary McCulloch visited several universities in China during April 2015, presented a number of talks and represented the Society and Journal during his visit. He was presented with visiting professorships at East China Normal University, Hunan First Normal University, and Jiangsu University.

Japan Symposiums

In July 2015, Society Chair and Secretary visited Japan and met with colleagues from the Japanese Educational Research Association in the Social Sciences (JERASS). The purpose of the meeting was to explore possibilities for developing links between the SES and JERASS.

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National Award 2015

The Society for Educational Studies is delighted to announce that the 2015 National Award has been awarded to Professor Peter Twining and his team at the Open University.

Prof. Twining’s project, titled ‘NP3: New Practices - New Parameters - New Pedagogy’, focuses on the use and impact of mobile devices on innovative pedagogic practices, social justice, and pupils’ development of digital literacy within UK primary school communities.

Read more about the National Awards