I’ve written on primary and secondary education issues, plus issues for school governors, childminders and teaching assistants, for a number of magazines and organisations, including Child Education, Learning Support, The Book Trust, Who Minds? Home and School, PTA, Open University, Education Executive (EduExec) and Scholar. Plus, I contributed articles to the old-style Parents Online website, run by the government’s Department for Education and Skills (DfES).
I wrote several 2022-23 resources for The Book Trust, including:
Features for the magazine of the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years:
Essential apps for the childcare professional – June/July 2013
Helping children with English as a second language – April/May 2013
National Childminding Association
Features for the magazine of the National Childminding Association:
Engaging parents in a child’s learning and development – Feb/March 2013
Helping children settle in – October/November 2012
Supporting a gifted child – August/September 2012
Supporting children with autism – June/July 2012
Helping children break bad habits – April/May 2012
Supporting Children in Step-families – Dec 2011/Jan 2012
Coping With Toddler Tantrums
Helping Children Overcome Shyness
Building Children’s Self-Esteem – June/July 2011
Dealing With Sibling Rivalry – April/May 2011
Supporting Children With Down’s Syndrome – Feb/March 2011
Supporting Children Through Change – Dec 2010/Jan 2011
Supporting Deaf Children – Aug/Sept 2010
Language Matters – April/May 2010
First Steps (walking) – February/March 2010
Dealing With Difficult Behaviour – December 2009/January 2010
Supporting a Child With Autism – October/November 2009
Young and Gifted – August/September 2009
Teething Troubles – June/July 2009
Encouraging Crawling – April/May 2009
All issues of the print magazine are now online, so articles can be read by choosing the appropriate issue from the Knowledge Bank section of the site.
Creature Comforts: Looking After Cuddles – Issue 31, Summer Term 2, 2010
Classroom pets can bring great benefits to children, but they have to be cared for properly and that job often falls to the TA.
Build on Your Success With a Foundation Degree – Issue 16, Spring Term 1, 2008
Happy in Your Work? Issue 15, Autumn Term 2 2007
Making a difference gives TAs job satisfaction.
The Heat is On, Issue 13, Summer Term 2 2007
As summers get hotter and hotter, so do classrooms.
What’s Important for Muslim Pupils, Issue 12, Summer Term 1 2007
There are many schools positively embracing the needs of Muslim pupils.
(This piece has also been published by the Open University, as part of support materials for course E101: Learning Through Enquiry in Primary Schools).
Looking for the Perfect Job? Issue 11, Spring Term 2007
Advice for job hunters.
Lost for Words? Supporting Children Who Don’t Speak English, Issue 10, New Year 2007
English is a second language for one in eight primary pupils and some arrive at school with none at all.
A Change of Direction: Teaching Assistants Who Were Teachers, Issue 9, Autumn Term 2 2006
Being a teaching assistant and seeing what goes on in the classroom often inspires TAs to go on to train to become teachers. But for some TAs their career direction has been the opposite – they were trained teachers, but have changed jobs and become TAs instead.
Features for Scholastic’s monthly magazine, aimed at Key Stage 1 teachers:
Oh, Behave! (Discipline), June 2005
Five Steps to a Creative Classroom, March 2005
Body Image, Jan 2005
Dawn-Till-Dusk Schools: Has Your Working Day Just Got Longer? Dec 2004
The Government wants more schools to offer breakfast and after-school clubs. With teachers’ workload already at breaking point, is the possibility of an 11-hour day the final straw?
Articles for the quarterly magazine of the NCPTA:
A Sporting Chance, Autumn 2005
Linking Learning (Networking Schools), Summer 2005
Prize Projects, Spring 2005
AGM On The Agenda, Autumn 2004
Lots of Fun! Holding an Auction, Summer 2004
It’s a Gift! Spring 2004
Not all PTAs are wise to the benefits of Gift Aid, but with Rachel Newcombe’s advice, a lot more of you will discover how just a little effort can reap surprisingly big rewards.
Outdoor Entertainment, Autumn 2003
If you think it could be time to give your school playground a facelift, Rachel Newcombe provides some inspiration and ideas.
Home and School magazine
Features for the NCPTA’S previous quarterly magazine for “parents and teachers working together”:
Off The Couch (Tackling Obesity), Home and School magazine, Autumn 2001
Having an active lifestyle, keeping fit and eating well-balanced nutritious meals are great ways of improving our chances of staying healthy. For children, the early years are crucial and habits developed during this time can last long into the future. However, research is increasingly indicating that children as young as primary age are having less physical activity than recommended and are becoming overweight, and in some cases, obese.
Body Talk (ICT health issues), Summer 2001
The amount of time our children spend on computer related activities, learning in class or just having fun at home, is greater than ever before. Rachel Newcombe reports on a new awareness of the health issues surrounding prolonged computer use.
Seating Arrangements: Posture and School Furniture, Spring 2001
Rachel Newcombe sheds some light on the often overlooked subject of school furniture and offers some advice on ways to invest in your child’s physical well-being in the classroom.
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