What has been happening in the news just lately?
- 20th November was Universal Children’s Day, a day that marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Sign the petition and #GoBlue to call on world leaders to commit to fulfilling the rights of every child and acknowledge that these rights are non-negotiable.
- The National Safeguarding Adults Network launched the first National Safeguarding Adults Week.
- Teachers are the third most trusted profession in Britain, with only nurses and doctors outperforming them, according to new research. Advertising executives and politicians are at the bottom. Take a look at the Ipsos MORI Veracity Index 2018 here.
- Putting a dedicated role into schools with responsibility for wellbeing can make a positive difference to the emotional and physical wellbeing of students and staff, suggests new research from Nuffield Health.
- How can services meet the needs of young people who self-harm? A space to talk: An evaluation of the WISH Centre’s services with young people who self-harm finds that WISH demonstrates success in helping young people who are self-harming to improve their mental health and quality of life.
- A new survey finds that 43% of 7,000 parents across Europe who were surveyed were concerned that using gadgets meant their children slept poorly.
- In an attempt to stop “poverty shaming”, a secondary school in Merseyside has banned pupils from wearing expensive designer coats.
- New data: schooling changes your personality.
- Work hard, achieve well and you will secure a successful future with attractive job prospects….if only social mobility were that simple.
- The Commons Education Select Committee heard from several SEND experts that the reforms that replaced statements of special educational need in 2014 had the right intentions but were not working. They suggested 5 ways to improve the dysfunctional SEND system:
1. Expert support for schools
2. Insist the tribunal service gives feedback on trends
3. Introduce a national education, health and care plan template
4. Introduce SEND training for teachers not only into initial teacher training but early career development
5. More support for local authorities’ children services and education departments
- How can we keep teachers in the profession? Take a look at this animation from the NFER.
- The effects of age, gender and school type on primary maths and reading attainment – read the Rising Stars Assessment report.
- See the Children’s Mental Health briefing by the Children’s Commissioner. Anne Longfield says,
The Government must ensure the NHS 10 year plan delivers a children’s mental health care system that provides support and treatment for every child who requires it. I want to see equivalent spending for children to that given to adult mental health and clear waiting time targets.
- A report by the Daily Telegraph shows that “badly behaved toddlers are being branded mentally unwell“.