15/04/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 15/04/21.

Early Day Motion 1728: Effect of the covid-19 outbreak on disabled children and families – UK Parliament

12 April 2021.  Early Day Motion 1728: tabled on 13 April 2021 with many, mostly Labour, signatories:


Written Question: Schools: Mental Health Services – Parallel Parliament

23 March 2021.  To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the recently announced £700 million of funding to help students catch-up on lost learning will be made available for the provision of mental health and wellbeing support in schools and colleges. Answer on link includes commitment to the Green Paper proposals:


Written Question: Food: Advertising – Parallel Parliament

25 March 2021.  Parliamentary Question: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what specific steps his Department will take to enforce restrictions on online advertising of products high in fat, sugar and salt?

The answer on the link sets out Gov’s position on online advertising of HFSS food:


News: Cressida Cowell: Children’s Laureate leads call for £100m primary school library fund – BBC Online

13 April 2021, Emma Saunders.  Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell has published an open letter asking the prime minister to ringfence £100m a year to help primary school libraries:


 Opinion: The Guardian view on mental health: this emergency requires a response – Guardian Online

12 April 2021. As Britain unlocks, we ignore psychiatrists’ warnings about the psychological impact of Covid at our peril:


Formal meeting (oral evidence session): The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability – UK Parliament

14 April 2021.  Oral evidence – Inquiry The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability:


Press release: £280m capital funding boost for children and young people with SEND – Department for Education, Vicky Ford MP, and Baroness Berridge of The Vale of Catmose

9 April 2021.  Investment will provide more specialist places and improve provision for SEND pupils across country:


Official Statistics: Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March 2020 to 1 April 2021 – Department for Education

8 April 2021.  Attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March 2020 and early years settings since Thursday 16 April 2020:


Article: Survey predicts one in three staff plan to leave education jobs – Nursery World

8 April 2021, Nicole Weinstein. Overwork, a lack of trust from Government, and stress from a data-driven working environment will drive thousands of teachers, school leaders and support staff out of the profession in the next five years, a survey suggests:


Research and analysis: Ofsted review of sexual abuse – Ofsted

7 April 2021.  Ofsted will carry out a review of safeguarding policies in state and independent schools and colleges in relation to sexual abuse:

Ofsted review of sexual abuse

News: Food poverty: MPs call on government to step up help – BBC Online

7 April 2021.  The government should create a food security minister to ensure continued progress in helping to feed poverty-hit people, according to MPs.  A report from the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee says progress made during the pandemic should be maintained as lockdown eases:


Article: Teachers Say Gavin Williamson “Has Not Done His Homework” On Plans For Behaviour Crackdown – Politics Home

7 April 2021, Eleanor Langford.  Education unions and teachers have hit back at the education secretary’s calls for a behaviour crackdown and a ban on mobile phones in schools, calling it “the least useful approach the education secretary can take”:


News: Mobile phones should be banned in schools – Gavin Williamson – BBC Online

7 April 2021, Cristina Criddle. Mobile phones should be banned from schools because lockdown has affected children’s “discipline and order,” the education secretary has warned:


News: Schools ‘a lifeline to many students’ in past year’ – BBC Online

7 April 2021.  School staff have been giving clothing, food and furnishings to families that have been struggling financially in the coronavirus pandemic, teachers say:


News: Food poverty: MPs call on government to step up help – BBC Online

7 April 2021.  The government should create a food security minister to ensure continued progress in helping to feed poverty-hit people, according to MPs:


Framework: Early Intervention Framework for Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing – NHS Scotland

April 2021.  The Early Intervention Framework provides a database of evidence-based prevention and early intervention approaches designed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. This resource provides opportunity to be methodical and effective in both service commissioning and provision:


 Article: DfE confirms revised EYFS and Reception Baseline statutory from September – Nursery World

31 March 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  The Department for Education has today (31 March) confirmed that the landmark reforms to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) will be rolled out nationally and that the Reception Baseline will become statutory for schools from September:


Inquiry: The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability – UK Parliament

6 April 2021.  A Lord Committee Inquiry into ‘The role of public services in addressing child vulnerability’ is accepting written evidence.  Deadline is 23 April 2021:


News: Mental health: More help for new and expectant mothers in England – BBC Online

6 April 2021, Rachel Schraer.  Mental health “hubs” for new, expectant or bereaved mothers are to be set up around England:


News: Parents forced to crowdfund to stop playgrounds from crumbling – MSN News

3 April 2021, Harriet Grant.  Parents and play experts are turning to crowdfunding to rebuild and maintain playgrounds as cash-strapped local authorities cut their budgets across England:


Opinion: The kids aren’t all right – and the government has stopped caring – Guardian Online

27 March 2021, Sonia Sodha.  In the past decade, we have lost our way in our concern for young people’s wellbeing:


News: Childhood obesity: the impact of the pandemic – TES Online

31 March 2021, Dan Worth.  Childhood obesity is a major issue and lockdowns have only made the situation worse – so what can schools do about it?:


Blog: Everything you need to know about the Government’s newly launched ‘Abuse in Education’ Helpline – Department for Education

1 April 2021.  Following the concerning reports provided to the Everyone’s Invited website, detailing incidents of sexual assault in schools and colleges, the Government is taking immediate steps to support to those affected and ensure all schools are safe places:


Article: Academics to create record of children’s play during the pandemic – Nursery World

31 March 2021.  A national ‘observatory’ of children’s play ex periences during Covid-19 is being led by academics at UCL and the University of Sheffield:

Academics to create record of children’s play during the pandemic

News: Everyone’s Invited: Schools abuse helpline and review launched – BBC Online

31 March 2021.  A helpline and immediate review into sexual abuse in schools have been set up by the government in response to thousands of allegations from students:


Press release: Government launches review into sexual abuse in schools – Department for Education and The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

31 March 2021.  NSPCC dedicated helpline and Ofsted review into school safeguarding policies to support victims of sexual abuse:


News: Ofsted chief asked for greater powers to check for abuse in private schools – Guardian Online

30 March 2021, Richard Adams and Sally Weale.  Amanda Spielman’s request over ‘potential safeguarding issues’ was ignored by ministers:

Press release: Kick-start for summer school and activities – Department for Education and The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

30 March 2021.  £200 million total summer school funding to be distributed in secondary schools:


News: Time to extend school starting age to seven – Edinburgh News

30 March 2021, Alison Johnstone.  This is why the Scottish Greens want to push the school starting age back to seven and instead introduce a kindergarten stage that focuses on play-based learning from age three to six:


Article: LEA early years underspend hits £62m – Nursery World

30 March 2021, Catherine Gaunt. Underspend by local authorities of Government funding for three- and four-year-old childcare places has risen to £62 million, National Day Nurseries Association analysis reveals:

Exclusive: LEA early years underspend hits £62m