30/06/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 30/06/21.

News: ‘Jaw-dropping’ fall in life expectancy in poor areas of England, report finds – Guardian Online

30 June 2021, Patrick Butler.  Sir Michael Marmot’s report says Covid figures from Manchester reveal sharp decline in social conditions:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/jun/30/life-expectancy-key-to-success-of-levelling-up-in-uks-poorer-areas-covid-pandemic

Guidance: Child online safety: Protecting children from online sexual exploitation and abuse – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

29 June 2021.  This guide is to help you and your business understand how to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse on your platform:

Link: Child online safety: Protecting children from online sexual exploitation and abuse

News: Covid: School isolation rules could end in autumn – BBC Online

29 June 2021.  The Covid control system in England’s schools, where groups of pupils have to self-isolate if one tests positive, could be scrapped in the autumn:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-57638369

Press release: Education Secretary launches call for evidence on behaviour in schools – Department for Education and The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

29 June 2021.  The Government is asking teachers and school leaders for views on managing good behaviour, including on the use of mobile phones in the school day:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/education-secretary-launches-call-for-evidence-on-behaviour-in-schools

Lords Debate: Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill [HL]

25 June 2021.  Text of Second Reading of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Bill:

Link: https://hansard.parliament.uk/lords/2021-06-25/debates/BE4B8B3F-1A2F-453F-9AF2-D0F8AF99C4EA/WellbeingOfFutureGenerationsBill(HL)

House of Commons Research briefing: Coronavirus and schools – UK Parliament

25 June 2021.  This briefing paper looks at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schools and pupils. It largely focuses on England, and has been updated following the wider reopening of schools in England from 8 March 2021:

Link: Coronavirus and schools

Article: Peers call on Government for better support for babies and young children – Nursery World

25 June 2021.  The early years sector should be given the same level of catch-up support as the schools sector, the House of Lords Covid-19 Committee has said:

Link: Peers call on Government for better support for babies and young children

News: Outdoor learning has improved our pupils’ attainment – TES Online

25 June 2021, Jay Helbert.  Covid lockdowns had a damaging impact at this school – and outdoor learning has been a big part of the solution:

Link: Outdoor learning helped raise attainment in Covid

Press release: New advertising rules to help tackle childhood obesity – Department for Health and Social Care

24 June 2021.  New rules on advertising unhealthy foods online and before 9pm on TV across the UK after public consultation:

Link: New advertising rules to help tackle childhood obesity

Health and Social Care Committee: Text of oral evidence from Minister Dorries and others re Children and young people’s mental health Inquiry – UK Parliament

22 June 2021.  Oral evidence: Children and young people’s mental health, HC 17:

Link: https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/2405/pdf/

Article: Government dismisses childcare funding petition signed by 110,000 – Nursery World

24 June 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  The Government has said it has no plans to review early years funding, in response to a parliamentary petition signed by thousands – however a cross-party committee of MPs has commissioned a survey of providers and parents to look at childcare costs:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/government-dismisses-childcare-funding-petition-signed-by-110-000

News: Funding boost for children and young people’s mental health services a small step in right direction, says BPS – British Psychological Society

23 June 2021.  BPS is pleased to see an additional £40m of funding announced to support young people’s mental health services but it is a small step in the context of a system under great strain:

Link: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/funding-boost-children-and-young-people%E2%80%99s-mental-health-services-small-step-right

News: Weigh-ins for kids will be a gift for school bullies and will fail to tackle obesity – City AM

23 June 2021, Christine Kelly.  The return of school weigh-ins will from September reminds us of a problem we as a nation know we have: British children are amongst the most obese in Western Europe. Months of lockdowns and homeschooling have only made things worse:

Link: https://www.cityam.com/weigh-ins-for-kids-will-be-a-gift-for-school-bullies-and-will-fail-to-tackle-obesity/

Nursery World – Article: MPs call on Government to carry out ‘meaningful review’ of early years funding

23 June 2021, Annette Rawstrone. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Childcare and Early Education has called on the Government to provide almost £3,000 per child to tackle underfunding:

Link: MPs call on Government to carry out ‘meaningful review’ of early years funding

News: NHS England announces extra funding for young people’s mental health services – Pharma Times

22 June 2021, Lucy Parsons.  NHS England has announced a £40m cash injection for mental health services for children and young people, to address increasing demand and the COVID-19 impact on mental health:

Link: NHS England announces extra funding for young people’s mental health services

Guidance: Reception baseline assessment: quality monitoring visit guidance – Standards and Testing

23 June 2021.  Guidance for quality monitors on how to conduct reception baseline assessment quality monitoring visits, including completing the quality monitoring visit form:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reception-baseline-assessment-quality-monitoring-visit-guidance

Opinion:  Punishing the young serves Johnson’s politics of nostalgia – Guardian Online

22 June 2021.  The pitiful school ‘catch-up’ funding reveals the Tories are only ‘moving left’ on spending where it’s electorally convenient:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/22/johnson-school-catch-up-funding-tories-spending

News: Poorer white pupils let down and neglected – MPs – BBC Online

22 June 2021, Sean Coughlan.  The Education Select Committee accused the government of a lack of targeted support for disadvantaged white pupils:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-57558746

News: Social media: Norfolk Police chief issues child abuse warning – BBC Online

30 June 2021.  An outgoing chief constable will use his final day in office to warn social media outlets to play their part in protecting children. Simon Bailey, head of Norfolk Police, will say introducing blanket end-to-end encryption will make it easier for offenders to go undetected online:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-57653881

News: More pupils sent home as Covid disruption soars – BBC Online

29 June 2021, Sean Coughlan and Katherine Sellgren.  There has been a sharp rise in pupils sent home from school in England because of Covid, according to the latest official figures.  They showed that more than 375,000 pupils – about one in 20 – were out of school for Covid-related reasons, up by more than 130,000 in a week.  Absences have quadrupled during June:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-57640397

Article: Nuffield Foundation funds new study into impact of Covid-19 on language and socio-emotional development – Nursery World

21 June 2021, Nicole Weinstein.  A new research project looking at the impact of lockdowns on children’s language and socio-emotional development is being undertaken by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR):

Link: Nuffield Foundation funds new study into impact of Covid-19 on language and socio-emotional development

News: School weigh-ins to return amid fears of post-lockdown child obesity crisis – Independent Online

20 June 2021, Kate Devlin.  Pupils are to be regularly weighed in primary schools in England for the first time in 18 months from this September amid fears the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the UK’s child obesity problem:

Link: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/school-weigh-ins-to-return-amid-fears-of-post-lockdown-child-obesity-crisis/ar-AALflUH

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

30 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 made 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: Duchess of Cambridge launches ‘landmark’ centre for childhood – BBC Online

18 June 2021, Becky Morton.  The Duchess of Cambridge has launched her own Centre for Early Childhood, to raise awareness of the importance of early years and help “transform lives”.  A royal aide said Catherine felt early childhood was the “social equivalent to climate change” but it was not discussed “with the same seriousness”:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-57511122

Commons Debate:  Children and Young People’s Mental Health – Parallel Parliament

16 June 2021.  Text of Westminster Hall debate ‘Children and Young People’s Mental Health’:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-06-16/debates/DE645401-8F63-49C6-934A-79CB3009A4DD/ChildrenAndYoungPeople%25E2%2580%2599SMentalHealth

Commons Debate:  Reform of the Mental Health Act: White Paper – Parallel Parliament

16 June 2021.  Text of Westminster Hall debate ‘Reform of the Mental Health Act: White Paper’:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-06-16/debates/D8238D1B-25AE-40B1-9B48-86427D2B3F3C/ReformOfTheMentalHealthActWhitePaper

News: Care services too focused on investigating families in crisis, says review – BBC Online

17 June 2021, Alison Holt.  Child protection services in England are too focused on investigating families in crisis and do not provide enough early support, a report says.  An independent review of council-run children’s social care said services to protect vulnerable children were in urgent need of investment and reform:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-57502390?xtor=ES-208-[44918_NEWS_NLB_ACT_WK25_Thurs_17_June]-20210617-[bbcnews_health_child_protection_services]

Research and analysis: SEND: old issues, new issues, next steps – Ofsted

16 June 2021.  A report about the experiences of children and young people with SEND and their families during the pandemic, in the context of the SEND reforms over the last 10 years:

Link: SEND: old issues, new issues, next steps

House of Commons Formal Meeting:  Oral evidence session: Children and Young People’s Mental Health – UK Parliament

22 June 2021.  Minister Nadine Dorries MP and others will give oral evidence to the Select Committee:

Link: https://committees.parliament.uk/event/4947/formal-meeting-oral-evidence-session/

Article: Government treatment of early years sector ‘unforgivable’ – Nursery World

16 June 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  Early Years Alliance chief executive Neil Leitch has said the Government’s treatment of early years settings during the pandemic was ‘unforgivable’ and vowed to continue to put pressure on ministers for more funding for the sector:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/government-treatment-of-early-years-sector-during-pandemic-unforgivable

House of Commons Research briefing: Children and young people’s mental health – policy, CAMHS services, funding and education – UK Parliament

15 June 2021.  House of Commons Library briefing on children and young people’s mental health policy:

Link: Children and young people’s mental health – policy, CAMHS services, funding and education

Commons Debate:  Catch-up premium – Parallel Parliament

15 June 2021.  Commons Debate: Catch-up Premium:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/Commons/2021-06-15/debates/255885B2-1AA9-4F32-AAE7-B50346835BA5/Catch-UpPremium

News story: Find out more about the Holiday Activities and Food programme – Department for Education and Vicky Ford MP

16 June 2021. A newly launched film featuring Marcus Rashford MBE calls on parents to sign up their children to the Government’s Holiday Activity and Food Programme:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/find-out-more-about-the-holiday-activities-and-food-programme