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Without fear or favour? School inspection in turbulent times

Without fear or favour? School inspection in turbulent times Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 17 Apr 2014
The case of Park View School raises questions about Ofsted's independence, writes the OU's Jacqueline Baxter.

Porn licensing isn't the answer

Porn licensing isn't the answer Creative commons image Credit: hansol under CC-BY licence
Updated 04 Apr 2014
The UK government thinks children can be protected from web porn by building barriers. Good luck with that, says Andrew Smith.

How much do you know about children in care?

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How much do you know about children in care? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University. Images: Stephen Collins
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Aug 2013
There are lots of myths surrounding children in care. Can you decipher fact from fiction? Take our quiz to find out

Learning to groove

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Learning to groove Creative commons image Credit: Bill Henderson under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 01 Oct 2012
The story of Tomorrow's Warriors, teaching young people to love jazz - and training them for music industry success.

World Class Films - Teachers Beyond Borders

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World Class Films - Teachers Beyond Borders Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Aug 2012
Introducing Teachers Beyond Borders, a non-profit organisation passionate about boosting literacy and teaching standards for children with special...

What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)? Creative commons image Credit: Ms. Tina under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Jul 2012
Find out more about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), an anxiety related disorder in which people worry excessively about particular issues

What is dyslexia?

What is dyslexia? Creative commons image Credit: Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Jul 2012
Find out more about dyslexia, a learning difficulty that causes people to experience problems in learning to read and spell fluently

World Class Films - Ghana: Bringing all students together

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World Class Films - Ghana: Bringing all students together Copyrighted image Credit: BBC / OU
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jul 2012
The Multikids Academy in Ghana is bringing kids with special or additional needs into mainstream education - not always easy with no national...

Social work and public perception

Social work and public perception Copyrighted image Credit: Sacha Mirzoeff
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Jan 2012
The media reaction when a social worker makes a mistake can be hugely demoralising for the whole profession - and a one-sided view and scary myths...

Protecting our children through tough decisions

Protecting our children through tough decisions Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jan 2012
Working on a series looking at the lives of social workers reminded Lucy Rai of the challenges of doing the "right" thing.

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
Do you have experience of working with young people in informal settings such as youth clubs, youth organisations like the Guides or Scouts, or...

Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice)

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Professional Certificate in Effective Practice (Youth Justice) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
This qualification is for you if you work in the area of youth justice. It will deepen your knowledge and critical understanding of the youth...

Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? For professionals and volunteers working within a criminal justice...

Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
This practice-based diploma course is the qualification for you if you’re living and working in Scotland and have recent experience of working with...

Foundation Degree in Working with Young People

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Foundation Degree in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
If you work with young people as a volunteer or in a paid role, the Foundation Degree in Working with Young People will enhance your skills and...

BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales)

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BA (Hons) Youth Justice Studies (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’? Within a criminal justice framework where the focus is on stopping...

BA (Honours) Youth Work

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BA (Honours) Youth Work Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
There are few things more important or rewarding than making a positive difference to the lives of young people. This degree will help you develop...