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  • What pressures are young men feeling? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: SplitShire

    What pressures are young men feeling?

    By Martin Robb, Sandy Ruxton

    A rigid construct of what makes a "real man" is putting a strain on real young men, says new research.

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    13 Apr 2017

  • What pressures are young men feeling?

    What pressures are young men feeling? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: SplitShire
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    A rigid construct of what makes a "real man" is putting a strain on real young men, says new research.
  • Child of Our Time 16 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    Child of Our Time 16

    In the year 2000 the BBC began filming the lives of 25 children born across the UK.  As they turn 16, Professor Robert Winston and Professor...

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  • Child of Our Time 16

    Child of Our Time 16 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
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    In the year 2000 the BBC began filming the lives of 25 children born across the UK.  As they turn 16, Professor Robert Winston and Professor Tanya Byron...
  • Free School Meals: An OpenLearn reading list Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Geoff Charles / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru

    Free School Meals: An OpenLearn reading list

    By The OpenLearn team

    The provision of a hot meal at lunchtime to pupils is often at the heart of political debate. We dip into some of the...

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    07 Apr 2017

  • Free School Meals: An OpenLearn reading list

    Free School Meals: An OpenLearn reading list Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Geoff Charles / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru
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    The provision of a hot meal at lunchtime to pupils is often at the heart of political debate. We dip into some of the research around the subject.
  • Order your free booklet 'Young People: Changing times' Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Order your free booklet 'Young People: Changing times'

    By Dr Naomi Holford, Tyrrell Golding, Andy Rixon

    Order our free, 28-page booklet 'Young People: Changing times' to accompany the 'Child of Our Time 16' series. 

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    02 Mar 2017

  • Order your free booklet 'Young People: Changing times'

    Order your free booklet 'Young People: Changing times' Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Mar 2017
    Order our free, 28-page booklet 'Young People: Changing times' to accompany the 'Child of Our Time 16' series. 
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    Displaced children of our time

    By Dr Naomi Holford

    We have seen unprecedented numbers of refugees crossing borders over the last few years - what is life like for the...

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    12 Sep 2016

  • Displaced children of our time

    Displaced children of our time Creative commons image Icon International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Sep 2016
    We have seen unprecedented numbers of refugees crossing borders over the last few years - what is life like for the children and young people making this...
  • Young people making their own media Creative commons image Icon Gage Skidmore - Flickr - CC BY-SA 2.0 under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Young people making their own media

    By Dr Naomi Holford

    The internet and social media have brought new opportunities for young people to tell their own stories, creating and...

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    12 Sep 2016

  • Young people making their own media

    Young people making their own media Creative commons image Icon Gage Skidmore - Flickr - CC BY-SA 2.0 under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Sep 2016
    The internet and social media have brought new opportunities for young people to tell their own stories, creating and sharing their own material with the...
  • Five ways you can tell if your child is ‘normal’ Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Mcpics | Dreamstime.com - Children with different sizes

    Five ways you can tell if your child is ‘normal’

    By Dr Mathijs Lucassen

    Just about every parent will have googled this question at some time or another. But how do you know whether your...

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    09 Sep 2016

  • Five ways you can tell if your child is ‘normal’

    Five ways you can tell if your child is ‘normal’ Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Mcpics | Dreamstime.com - Children with different sizes
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Sep 2016
    Just about every parent will have googled this question at some time or another. But how do you know whether your child really is 'normal'? Here are five...
  • Supporting children's development

    This course will help you develop a deeper understanding of children's development from the ages of 0-17 years.

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    19 Jul 2016

  • Supporting children's development

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    This course will help you develop a deeper understanding of children's development from the ages of 0-17 years.
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    Free course: Childhood in the digital age

    Try our free course, Childhood in the Digital Age, to get an idea of what it's like to study at the OU and take it...

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    28 Jan 2016

  • Free course: Childhood in the digital age

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    Try our free course, Childhood in the Digital Age, to get an idea of what it's like to study at the OU and take it further by exploring learning, digital...
  • Michael Johnson on early childhood specialisation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Moment/ Channel 4

    Michael Johnson on early childhood specialisation

    Is it better for children to focus on one sport or a range of sports? Michael Johnson hears experts’ and athletes’...

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    12 Nov 2015

  • Michael Johnson on early childhood specialisation

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    Is it better for children to focus on one sport or a range of sports? Michael Johnson hears experts’ and athletes’ views on childhood specialisation.

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  • Childhood in the digital age

    This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology...

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    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 20 May 2017
    This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children...
  • Early years team work and leadership

    This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

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    Early years team work and leadership
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    This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of...
  • Introduction to child psychology

    Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this free course, Introduction to...

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    26 Feb 2016

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    Introduction to child psychology
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    Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and studying these changes is...
  • Issues in research with children and young people

    This free course, Issues in research with children and young people, considers the aims and range of research with children and young people....

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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    17 Feb 2016

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    Issues in research with children and young people
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    This free course, Issues in research with children and young people, considers the...
  • Children and young people’s participation

    Listening to children is a first step in the participation agenda, which is reasonably well established. By contrast, enabling children to share in...

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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    17 Feb 2016

  • Children and young people’s participation

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    Listening to children is a first step in the participation agenda, which is...
  • Partnerships and networks in work with young people

    The term 'partnership' is used to describe a wide range of organisational arrangements and ways of working: from informal networking between...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    16 Feb 2016

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    Partnerships and networks in work with young people
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    The term 'partnership' is used to describe a wide range of organisational...
  • Childhood in crisis?

    This free course, Childhood in crisis?, explores an idea much repeated in minority-world media that childhood is in crisis. Looking at this idea...

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    6 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    16 Feb 2016

  • Childhood in crisis?

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    Childhood in crisis?
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    This free course, Childhood in crisis?, explores an idea much repeated in minority...
  • Professional relationships with young people

    In some people's eyes the development of relationships is a good end in itself, as it is in relationships that we express our humanity. Young...

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    16 Feb 2016

  • Professional relationships with young people

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    Professional relationships with young people Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © John Birdsall
    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
    In some people's eyes the development of relationships is a good end in itself, as...
  • The range of work with young people

    This free course, The range of work with young people, identifies some features that we might use to describe the various settings where work with...

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    16 Feb 2016

  • The range of work with young people

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    The range of work with young people
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    This free course, The range of work with young people, identifies some features...

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    Leading work with young people in practice

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    Leading work with young people in practice
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    This hands-on, work-based course focuses on effective leadership and management...

    Youth: policy in practice

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    Youth: policy in practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    This online course continues the development of the critical, practical and...

    Subject knowledge and professional practice in primary schools

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    Subject knowledge and professional practice in primary schools
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    Develop your knowledge and understanding of how learning is supported in the key...

    Extending professional practice in the early years

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    Extending professional practice in the early years Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    This module focuses on your professional development, and involves an...

    Childhood

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    Childhood Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This interdisciplinary introduction to childhood and youth studies explores what...

    Introduction to working with young people in practice

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    Introduction to working with young people in practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    Develop the skills needed to work effective with young people – individually and...

    Children's literature

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    A broad introduction to the vibrant field of children’s literature studies...

    Children and young people's worlds: frameworks for integrated practice

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    Children and young people's worlds: frameworks for integrated practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 21 Sep 2017
    This course engages with a range of critical perspectives on children’s lives and...

    Issues in research with children and young people

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    Issues in research with children and young people
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Examine the research process through studies with young children, children and...

    Continuing professional development in practice

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    Continuing professional development in practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 21 Apr 2017
    This module allows you to accredit 150 hours prior learning through auditing and...