Children missing education

The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a report looking at children missing out on a formal full-time education in England. The report, commissioned in December 2019, estimates that in 2018/19...

‘It was damaging him’: the spiralling number of children refusing to go to school

Support service cuts and school pressure are increasing anxiety, campaigners believe. But could lockdown point to a way forward? Read the full article on this link to The Guardian Share this:Click to share on...

Adequate funding across spectrum of children’s needs ‘crucial’ to better outcomes and savings – DfE study

Innovation Programme review highlights importance of practitioner and service capacity, and warns initiatives proven to help families and save money may be unsustainable without long-term settelement Read the...

The changing currency of ‘cultural capital’

The English schools inspectors are apparently looking for schools to teach ‘cultural capital’. But what does cultural capital mean, and how is it changing? It’s now a full year since Ofsted, the UK schools...

Disney updates content warning for racism in classic films

A content advisory notice for racism in classic Disney films, in place since last year, has been updated with a strengthened message. When played on the Disney+ streaming service, films such as Dumbo, Peter...

Child abuse and child protection: social attitude survey

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a research report looking at public attitudes to education and children’s services, including child abuse and child protection, across England, Scotland and Wales. Findings from 2,942 participants who...

Who stole our unions?

  It’s May Day and our increasingly vulnerable and disempowered workforce want to know………… whatever happened to our trade unions? On the 4th May 1890 250,000 trade unionists descended on Hyde Park Corner in London to hear a speech by Karl...

Fast Track – Wrong Track?

As a former family support worker working within social work teams, the news around the introduction of the fast track social work programmes undoubtedly caught my attention and filled me with concern for the direction in which the social work...

Fighting to keep our libraries

Libraries work. They make people literate. Here is some evidence. Please note few government ministers or local councillors use genuine evidence to support their decisions. “Enjoyment of reading has a greater impact on a child’s educational...