Crippled: Austerity and the demonization of disabled people by Frances Ryan

How refreshing. Frances Ryan pulls no punches and the result is a book that puts to shame the mealy-mouthed popular public and political discourse about equality, diversity and the ‘inspirational bravery’ of...

The Phonics Screening Check 2012-2017: An independent enquiry into the views of Head Teachers, teachers and parents by Margaret M. Clark OBE

This research has been published on the Newman University website. The author has provided the following introduction to the report “Should synthetic phonics remain mandated as the only way to teach all...

A selection of recommended books for children and adults that include stories about asylum seekers and refugees

  Picture books and graphic novels (not necessarily aimed at young children) Apha by Bessora Barroux in association with Amnesty International A Story like the Wind by Gill Lewis, illustrated by Jo...

The Disconnect by Keren David

Could this novel be any more prescient or pressing? At a time when there is plenty of public debate about the impact of social media on young people in particular; about, so-called cyber-bullying; and about...

Home Ground by Alan Gibbons

Sam fervently believes that his football team, West Park Celtic can start winning games, but it seems doomed to be stuck at the bottom of the league unless the players can get their act together. Their manager...

The Disconnect by Keren David

Could this novel be any more prescient or pressing? At a time when there is plenty of public debate about the impact of social media on young people in particular; about, so-called cyber-bullying; and about whether telephone use is addictive, the...

Home Ground by Alan Gibbons

Sam fervently believes that his football team, West Park Celtic can start winning games, but it seems doomed to be stuck at the bottom of the league unless the players can get their act together. Their manager is always encouragingly upbeat but he...

The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

Young people have recently been in the forefront of campaigns raising alarm about the perils of climate change and environmental destruction. What better way to spread these serious concerns to even more people than through a well told story based...