15/06/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 15/06/21.

News: Self-harm warning signs can appear decade earlier – BBC Online

15 June 2021, James Gallagher.  The team at the University of Cambridge found two distinct groups that were more likely to harm themselves. The first included those who struggle to control their emotions, and the second featured youngsters more willing to take risks than others their age:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-57468584

Article: Education recovery: curriculum catch-up is only one area of concern within the sector – Politics Home

3 June 2021, Tom Hunter.  The government has now launched part of its plan for education catch-up in England. Widely anticipated by the education sector, the scheme did not make the headlines education secretary Gavin Williamson would have been hoping for:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/education-recovery-curriculum-catchup-is-only-one-area-of-concern-within-the-sector

News: Ministers ‘knowingly underfunding’ childcare sector in England – Guardian Online

15 June 2021, Sally Weale.  Early Years Alliance investigation finds government is ‘shamelessly’ driving costs up and quality down:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/jun/15/ministers-knowingly-underfunding-childcare-sector-england

Policy paper: Education recovery support – Department for Education

11 June 2021.  A list of resources to help early years settings, schools and 16 to 19 education providers support children and young people’s wellbeing and education recovery:

Link: Education recovery support

Debate: Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges – Parallel Parliament

10 June 2021.  Commons Debate: Ofsted Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-06-10/debates/90279A39-FB99-42CB-A8A1-6FD8060DE841/OfstedReviewOfSexualAbuseInSchoolsAndColleges

Lords Debate: Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment Committee Report – Parallel Parliament

10 June 2021.  Lords Debate: Food, Poverty, Health and the Environment Committee Report:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Lords/2021-06-10/debates/DC98F4E1-85F9-4C9F-BF99-00DCE5CE2787/FoodPovertyHealthAndTheEnvironmentCommitteeReport

Article – The government’s feeble catch-up plans are a terrible betrayal of children – Labour List

9 June 2021, Kate Green MP.  Speech given by Kate Green MP, the Shadow Education Secretary, when opening Labour’s opposition day debate on investing in children and young people:

Link: https://labourlist.org/2021/06/the-governments-feeble-plans-for-education-catch-up-are-a-terrible-betrayal-of-children/

News – Girls asked for nudes by up to 11 boys a night, Ofsted finds – BBC Online

11 June 2021, Katherine Sellgren & Ella Wills.  In an Ofsted survey, girls explained that if they blocked boys on social media “they just create multiple accounts to harass you”:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-57411363

Research briefing: Early years funding (England) – UK Parliament – House of Commons

9 June 2021.  This House of Commons Library Briefing provides a short overview of early years funding in England since 2017-18, including funding provided in response to the Covid-19 pandemic:

Link: Early years funding (England)

Debate: Investing in Children and Young People – Parallel Parliament

9 June 2021.  Investing in Children and Young People: Text of Commons debate:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-06-09/debates/425C384B-B262-40B6-8D2B-FE272CBDDDC4/InvestingInChildrenAndYoungPeople

Article: Labour urges Conservative MPs to vote for its education catch-up plans – Nursery World

9 June 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  Labour will use an opposition day motion on Wednesday to push for Conservative MPs to end the ‘catalogue of chaos’ and back ‘an ambitious plan’ for children’s education recovery, ahead of the school summer holidays:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/labour-urges-conservative-mps-to-vote-for-its-education-catch-up-plans

Article: More than 240 organisations and sector leaders call for Government to urgently invest more in education catch-up – Nursery World

9 June 2021.  A cross-sector coalition of education experts, charities, and businesses is calling on the Government to urgently reconsider its education recovery plans and provide more funding for children and young people:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/more-than-240-organisations-and-sector-leaders-call-for-government-to-urgently-invest-more-in-education-catch-up

House of Commons Research briefing: The Levelling Up Agenda – UK Parliament

11 June 2021.  Westminster Hall debate on the Levelling Up Agenda on Tuesday 15th June at 2:30pm:

Link: The Levelling Up Agenda

News: Williamson attacks schools amid criticism of education catch-up plan – Guardian Online

7 June 2021, Sally Weale.  Education secretary accuses schools of sending children home early as MPs criticise ‘disappointing’ Covid recovery plans:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/jun/07/williamson-attacks-schools-amid-criticism-of-education-catch-up-plan

Debate: Education Recovery – Parallel Parliament

7 June 2021.  Ministerial Statement from Gavin Williamson on Education Recovery:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-06-07/debates/21060735000013/EducationRecovery

News: Mental health of students ‘single biggest concern’ of school staff, union finds – Independent Online

7 June 2021, Zoe Tidman.  Poll makes ‘clear that the impact of coronavirus would be felt for a long time’, Voice Community says:

Link: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/mental-health-students-union-report-b1859863.html

News: Free school lunches for all children in P4 and P5 in Scotland – BBC Online

5 June 2021. Free school meals for children in P4 will start in the new school year but P5 pupils will have to wait until January, the Scottish government has announced:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-57359072

Health and Social Care Committee Inquiry: Children and young people’s mental health – UK Parliament

June 2021.  The Committee is undertaking an inquiry into Children and Young People’s Mental Health. The inquiry will examine the progress that has been made by Government against their own ambitions to improve children and young people’s mental health provision.  We will also consider whether the system should be reformed toward a more holistic approach that prioritises early intervention and prevention as well as crisis care and explore how to tackle worrying trends in self-harm and suicide:

Link: Children and young people’s mental health – Health and Social Care Committee

Written Evidence – Children’s Mental Health – The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood

March 2021.  The evidence list below is not exhaustive; some items require more explanation than others. However, all would enhance a reformed 1983 Mental Health Act pledged for delivery during this parliament by Boris Johnson in the Queen’s Speech (December 19th 2019):

Link: Written Evidence – The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood

Data dashboard – Constituency Data: Child poverty – UK Parliament

3 June 2021.  This page provides constituency-level data on child poverty in the UK. It also shows the latest data for small areas within each constituency:

Link: Constituency data: Child poverty

News: Tories demand Boris Johnson ‘find the money from the back of the sofa’ after his education catch-up chief Kevan Collins quits – Daily Mail Online

3 June 2021, David Wilcock and Jack Wright.  Boris Johnson is facing a Tory revolt against his ‘half-hearted’ schools catch-up plans today after his education tsar quit in disgust at a lack of funding:

Link: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9647581/Tories-warn-Boris-Johnson-money-sofa-catch-education-plan.html

News: Spend summer playing with your children, parents told amid fears youngsters are not ‘school ready’ – Evening Standard

2 June 2021, Anna Davis. Laura House, education lead at childminding organisation Tiney, said parents of three and four-year-olds who are worried their child has missed out on learning because of the pandemic can build their confidence through play, rather than academic catch-up:

Link: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/spend-summer-playing-children-parents-130009467.html

News: Boris Johnson promises more school catch-up cash in ‘damp squib’ row – BBC Online

2 June 2021, Sean Coughlan. The prime minister has promised schools in England there will be more money “coming down the track” after catch-up plans were labelled a “damp squib”:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-57320450

Official Statistics: Child obesity and excess weight: small area level data June 2021 update – Public Health England

2 June 2021.  Trend data from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) showing the prevalence of excess weight and obesity in children at small area level:

Link: Child obesity and excess weight: small area level data June 2021 update

House of Commons Research briefing: School meals and nutritional standards (England) – UK Parliament

2 June 2021. The main recent policy developments regarding school meals in England, including the revised school food standards and provision of free school meals:

Link: School meals and nutritional standards (England)

News: School catch-up tsar resigns over lack of funding- BBC Online

2 June 2021, Sean Coughlan & Katherine Sellgren.  The education recovery commissioner for England, Sir Kevan Collins, has resigned in a row over the lack of “credible” Covid catch-up funding:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-57335558

News: What students really want from school catch-up – BBC Online

1 June 2021, Sean Coughlan.  If schools in England are going to be given catch-up funding, what do students think would help them recover from the pandemic?  It’s a thumbs down for proposals such as a longer school day or a shorter summer holiday, in the firm opinion of a group of sixth formers in Crawley, West Sussex:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-57246697

News: Pupils in England to be offered 100m hours of tuition in Covid catch-up plan – Guardian Online

2 June 2021, Peter Walker and Rachel Hall.  Government’s £1.4bn programme of tutoring courses won’t be enough, warns its education recovery tsar:

Link: Education / Pupils to be offered 100m hours of tuition in Covid catch-up plan

House of Commons Research briefing: Regulating online harms – UK Parliament

28 May 2021.  The Government published a draft Online Safety Bill on 12 May 2021. This Library Paper gives policy background and a brief overview of comment:

Link: Regulating online harms

House of Commons Research briefing: Reaction to the Draft Online Safety Bill: a reading list – UK Parliament

28 May 2021.  This reading list collates a selection of media coverage, stakeholder responses and other material relevant to the draft Online Safety Bill:

Link: Reaction to the Draft Online Safety Bill: a reading list

Commons Debate: Support for Children Entitled to Free School Meals – UK Parliament – Hansard

26 May 2021.  Support for Children Entitled to Free School Meals: Commons debate on Wednesday 26 May 2021:

Link: https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2021-05-26/debates/21052612000001/SupportForChildrenEntitledToFreeSchoolMeals