27/02/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 27/02/21.

Article: Education committee launches inquiry into children’s homes – Willis Palmer

26 February 2021.  n inquiry into children’s homes has been launched by The Education Committee as part of its ongoing work exploring the issues faced by groups that are often left behind:


Article: Can The Government’s Obesity Strategy Tackle The UK’s Weight Crisis? – Politics Home

25 February 2021, Georgina Bailey. The government’s latest obesity strategy includes a watershed on advertising unhealthy foods and changes to labelling. But is that enough to reverse the crisis, or should the emphasis be on tackling food poverty and improving access to clinical support?:


Article: Parent campaigners call for ‘new deal for childcare’ – Nursery World

24 February 2021, Annette Rawstrone.  ‘A new deal for childcare’ including better early years funding has been called for by a newly-formed coalition of parents, nurseries and early years workers:


Blog: Summer activities, tutoring and extra funding for schools – How we’re helping students catch-up – Department for Education

25 February 2021.  This week, the DfE announced increased funding and extra help for pupils to combat lost learning as a result of Covid-19. This will reach children and young people across the country and will empower early years settings, schools and colleges to offer additional support to pupils who have suffered:


Article: Coronavirus: DfE updates early years guidance in response to PM ‘roadmap’ – Nursery World

26 February 2021, Annette Rawstrone.  Wraparound childcare, including care provided by childminders, can restart from 8 March, as part of the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions announced:


News: Summer catch-up schools planned for pupils in England – BBC Online

25 February 2021.  Secondary schools in England will be asked to consider delivering face-to-face summer schools as part of efforts to help pupils catch up:


News: Trade associations call on government to rethink costly Obesity Strategy – Talking Retail

23 February 2021, Liz Wells.  The trade associations are calling on the government to rethink its plans to put a £26m cost burden on around 2,000 independent retailers as part of its Obesity Strategy proposals:


Form: Engagement exercise on out of school support for young people – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

23 February 2021.  DCMS is seeking views on how we prioritise out of school support for young people and how we could improve DCMS’ offer for young people:

Engagement exercise on out of school support for young people

Guidance: Physical activity: understanding and addressing inequalities – Public Health England

22 February 2021.  Evidence-based guidance for addressing inequalities in physical activity locally:

Physical activity: understanding and addressing inequalities

Research Briefing: Personal, social, health and economic education in schools (England) – House of Commons Library

22 February 2021.  This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the rules relating to the provision of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) in England, as well as statutory health education from 2020:

Personal, social, health and economic education in schools (England)

News: Covid: Catch-up narrative putting ‘huge pressure’ on children, psychologists say – BBC Online

22 February 2021.  The idea that children must “catch up” with learning lost due to the pandemic is heaping “huge” pressure on them, educational psychologists have warned:


Article: Lords committee to investigate child vulnerability – Willis Palmer

February 2021.  The House of Lords Select Committee on Public Services has launched an inquiry into the role of public services in addressing child vulnerability.  The inquiry follows its first report, ‘A critical juncture for public services: lessons from COVID-19’, published in November which included a number of findings on children and public services and will focus on public services for children, parents, guardians and families in England:


Article: Rules around children’s playgrounds should be clearer, say campaigners – Nursery World

17 February 2021, Annette Rawstrone. Children have effectively been under ‘house arrest’ for almost a year and outdoor play is vital for their recovery, a national play organisation has stated as confusion around children using playgrounds continues:


News: Omegle: Children expose themselves on video chat site – BBC Online

18 February 2021, Joe Tidy.  A BBC investigation into the increasingly popular live video chat website Omegle has found what appear to be prepubescent boys explicitly touching themselves in front of strangers:


Research and analysis: The education of children living in children’s homes – Ofsted

17 February 2021. Research into where children living in children’s homes receive their education and what the quality of this education is like:

The education of children living in children’s homes

News: Covid: Make children priority after pandemic, Anne Longfield says – BBC Online

17 February 2021.  Vulnerable children must be at the heart of government plans to “build back better” after the pandemic, England’s children’s commissioner says.  Anne Longfield called on Boris Johnson to put them at the “centre stage” of plans to “level up” the nation:


News: Watchdog to accuse UK ministers of institutional bias against children – Guardian Online

16 February 2021, Sally Weale.  Children’s commissioner Anne Longfield to criticise government as out of touch in departing speech:


News: ‘Concerning’ rise in pre-teens self-injuring – BBC Online

16 February 2021, Dan Whitworth and Simon Maybin.  Hospital admissions of nine to 12-year-olds because of self-injury across the UK are averaging 10 a week, according to data analysed by a BBC File on 4 investigation:


News: Covid: Pandemic ‘having crushing impact on young lives’ – BBC Online

12 February 2021.  The pandemic is having a “crushing impact” on children and young people’s lives, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales has said.  It comes as a report into the impact of the current Covid lockdown revealed how 30% of 17 and 18-year-olds said they were worried “most of the time”: