26/11/20 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 26/11/20.

Research Briefing: The future of nurseries and early years settings – House of Commons Library

24 November 2020. A Westminster Hall debate on the ‘The future of nurseries and early years settings’ has been scheduled for Thursday 3 December 2020 from 3.00-4.30pm. The debate has been initiated by Steve Brine MP, Theresa Villiers MP and Jack Dromey MP:

The future of nurseries and early years settings

Interview: Andrea Leadsom MP and Jo Churchill, public health minister about progress on the Early Years Healthy Development Review – Nursery World

24 November 2020, Nicole Weinstein.  The PM has asked Andrea Leadsom to lead the Early Years Healthy Development Review. In January, it will produce a new vision ‘for what excellence looks like’ in support for the period from conception to age two. The aim is for better joined-up services focusing on the needs of babies and their families:

https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/interview-andrea-leadsom-mp-and-jo-churchill-public-health-minister

News: Covid disruption gets worse for secondary schools – BBC News Online

25 November 2020, Sean Coughlan.  More than one in five secondary pupils in England missed school last week, with worsening Covid disruption.  The latest attendance figures show 22% of secondary pupils were missing, based on who was in school last Thursday – up from 17% the previous week:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-55057125

Research and analysis: National Child Measurement Programme: childhood obesity – Public Health England

23 November 2020.  Research by University College London shares learning from local authorities that have a downward trend in childhood obesity, including practice examples:

National Child Measurement Programme: childhood obesity

Article: Nursery schools need long-term funding resolution to survive, MPs warn Treasury – Nursery World

23 November 2020, Nicole Weinstein. Maintained nursery schools need long-term certainty about funding if they are to continue to provide vital services to disadvantaged communities during the pandemic and beyond, the APPG for Nursery Schools, Nursery and Reception Classes has warned in a letter to the Treasury:

https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/nursery-schools-need-long-term-funding-resolution-to-survive-mps-warn-treasury

Comment: Chancellor Tipped To Announce New Money For Children’s Mental Health Services – All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood

22 November 2020, Helen Clark.  Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak is set to announce a new £500 million financial package for England’s mental health services when he presents the Comprehensive Spending Review to Parliament on Wednesday, 25th November:

News: Covid fears prompt 38% rise in parents home educating – BBC News Online

24 November 2020, Hannah Richardson.  There has been a huge rise in the number of children removed from school to be home educated, with many parents saying they were driven by Covid fears.  A survey of 151 local councils by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services suggests the number of home-schooled children in England rose 38%:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-55004924

News: Kellogg’s and Britvic attack plan to ban junk food ads online – BBC News Online

23 November 2020.  Some of the UK’s biggest food companies have attacked a plan that could see all online junk food advertising banned to tackle childhood obesity.  In a letter to the prime minister, bosses of firms including Britvic, Kellogg’s and Mars said they supported government efforts to tackle obesity:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55035375

News: Pupil measurements accelerated amid fears of obesity crisis – MSN News

22 November 2020, Kate Devlin.  The restart of a programme which weighs primary school pupils has been accelerated amid fears the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the UK’s childhood obesity problem:

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/pupil-measurements-accelerated-amid-fears-of-obesity-crisis/ar-BB1bekcB

Research Briefing: Advertising to children – House of Commons Library

20 November 2020.  This Commons briefing paper looks at the current advertising regulatory system in the UK, with specific reference to advertising to children:

Advertising to children

Research Briefing: Backbench Business: Regulation and Prevention of Online Harms – House of Commons Library

17 November 2020, A Backbench Business debate on the Regulation and Prevention of Online Harms has been scheduled for Thursday 19 November 2020. Jeremy Wright MP opens the debate:

Backbench Business: Regulation and Prevention of Online Harms

News: Marcus Rashford launches children’s book club to spread joy of reading – BBC News Online

17 November 2020.  Footballer Marcus Rashford has followed his free school meals campaign by launching a book club to help children enjoy the escapism of reading.  The Manchester United and England star has teamed up with Macmillan Children’s Books to promote reading and literacy:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54972339

Lords Debate: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – Hansard

16 November 2020.  Short debate in the Lords on incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into English law (as Scotland and Wales are doing). Government refuses:

https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2020-11-16/debates/AFADC7C6-A00C-4E42-B588-8033FEA0B84A/UNConventionOnTheRightsOfTheChild

News: Pandemic ‘fuelling numbers of children out of school’ – BBC News Online

16 November 2020, Hannah Richardson and Paige Neal-Holder. The coronavirus pandemic could be fuelling an increase in the number of children moving out of full-time schooling, town hall bosses warn.  The Local Government Association says some areas have seen significant rises in registrations for home schooling:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-54908149

Article: The government should hang their heads in shame for their dereliction of duty to our nation’s children – Politics Home

13 November 2020, Wes Streeting MP. Ofsted’s report shows in stark terms the damage that the first lockdown inflicted on pupils. The government must ensure that children’s education is not halted again:

https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/the-government-should-hang-their-heads-in-shame-for-their-dereliction-of-duty-to-our-nations-children

Press release: Government announces £16.5 million youth covid-19 support fund – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

25 November 2020. An emergency funding package to protect the immediate future of grassroots and national youth organisations across the country has been announced by the Government:

Government announces £16.5 million youth covid-19 support fund

Blog: Bullying in Childhood: Consequences and Resiliency Factors – Psychology Today

13 November 2020, Dona Matthews.  Bullied kids are prone to distress and self-harm—but family support helps:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/going-beyond-intelligence/202011/bullying-in-childhood-consequences-and-resiliency-factors

News: Social media: How can we protect its youngest users? – BBC News Online

14 November 2020, Talia Franco.  Children searching for content relating to depression and self-harm can be exposed to more of it by the recommendation engines built in to social networks:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-54917370

Research Briefing:  School meals and nutritional standards (England) – House of Commons Library

12 November 2020.  The main recent policy developments regarding school meals in England, including the revised school food standards and provision of free school meals:

School meals and nutritional standards (England)

Research and analysis: COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report – Public Health England

12 November 2020.  This is a routinely updated report about population mental health and wellbeing in England during the COVID-19 pandemic:

COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report

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