17/12/19 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 17/12/19

News: Study shows sharp drop in primary pupils’ activity levels – Active Quote
16 December 2019.  New research has revealed a dramatic drop in the activity levels of primary school pupils, with children becoming 17 minutes less active per week every year between the ages of six and 11:

News: Poor children lose out on exercise, research suggests – BBC Online
5 December 2019. When it comes to getting enough exercise, wealthier children are beating their poorer classmates, research from Sport England suggests:


News: Parent school donations ‘exacerbating inequality’ – BBC Online
11 December 2019, Tom Barton.  Pupils in some of the poorest regions of England are losing out because parents cannot afford to fill a funding shortfall with donations, BBC News has found:


News: Social deprivation linked to changes in eating styles in early childhood – Yahoo News
9 December 2019, Clare Llewellyn.  Childhood obesity rates are high in the UK, but not all children are affected equally – a family’s wealth makes a big difference to a child’s risk:


News: Brain differences may be tied to obesity, kids’ study says – Yahoo News
9 December 2019, Lindsey Tanner.  New results from the largest long-term study of brain development and children’s health raise provocative questions about obesity and brain function:


News: Mental health: young people in crisis waiting hours for A&E help – Guardian Online
4 December 2019, Denis Campbell.  Figures show thousands of under-18s seeking care in England not seen in four hours:


News: Parent school donations ‘exacerbating inequality’ Pisa rankings: Why Estonian pupils shine in global tests – BBC Online
2 December 2019, Branwen Jeffreys.  Estonia is Europe’s newest education powerhouse. It outperforms the major European economies, including the UK, in influential global education tests:


Interview:  Floella Benjamin:  ‘They sent the police to arrest us’ – Guardian Online
3 December 2019, Ellen E Jones.  She was the face of kids’ TV and became one of the most influential presenters ever. As Baroness Benjamin’s achievements are recognised, she looks back at the racism she overcame:


News: At least 135,000 children in Britain to be homeless at Christmas – Guardian Online
3 December 2019, Patrick Butler.  Housing charity Shelter estimates that 183 children lose their homes every day:


Collection: National child measurement programme – Public Health England
3 December 2019.  Annual guidance that advises local providers of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) on how to implement it:

National child measurement programme

Report: Child becomes homeless every eight minutes, report finds – ITV News Online
3 December 2019.  National homelessness charity, Shelter, has found 183 children – enough to fill two double-decker buses – lose their homes per day:

Child becomes homeless every eight minutes, report finds

News: Channel 4’s shocking Dispatches on child poverty is the reality check this election needs – New Statesman
2 December 2019, Anoosh Chakelian.  Over four million children live in poverty in the UK, yet their lives are rarely this visible:


News:  ‘Unprecedented’ rise in infant mortality in England linked to poverty – The Journal.ie
4 October 2019.  AN “UNPRECEDENTED” RISE in infant mortality in England is linked to poverty, according to new research:


2019 Report: Time to Solve Childhood Obesity – Chief Medical Officer

  1. “This report is aimed at politicians and policy makers, now and in the future. The Government ambition is to halve childhood obesity by 2030 – in England, we are nowhere near achieving this. Yet, if we are bold, we can achieve this goal.” Professor Dame Sally Davies:


News: Fears child poverty may rise to record 60-year high under Tories – Guardian Online
26 November 2019, Rowena Mason, Kate Proctor and Larry Elliott.  Thinktank Resolution Foundation predicts social crisis will worsen if Boris Johnson wins general election:



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