23/08/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 23/08/21.

Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition – Response: CYPMHC responds to DfE call for evidence on behaviour management in schools

17 August 2021.  This response focuses on behaviour management strategies. To inform our response, we have collected evidence from a diverse group of members. We highlight case studies of good practice throughout this response where positive behaviour strategies and whole school and college approaches are being used successfully to support behaviour. Through such approaches, schools and colleges in these case studies have demonstrated how educational attainment and mental health are inextricably linked:

Link: https://cypmhc.org.uk/cypmhc-responds-to-dfe-call-for-evidence-on-behaviour-management-in-schools/

Article: Make 30 hours funded childcare universal to close the attainment gap – Nursery World

19 August 2021, Katy Morton.  A new report renews the call for all children to be made eligible for the extended entitlement amid concerns the Coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers:

Link: Make 30 hours funded childcare universal to close the attainment gap

Press release – £20m to provide more early help for vulnerable families  – Department for Education and Vicky Ford MP

19 August 2021.  Multi-million pound investment to create more Family Hubs across the country, building on a manifesto commitment:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/20m-to-provide-more-early-help-for-vulnerable-families

Article: Cambridge University invites practitioners to share their experiences of working with two-to-five-year-olds – Nursery World

17 August 2021, Meredith Jones Russell.  The University of Cambridge and the Early Intervention Foundation are asking for input from practitioners to create a new resource library for early years professionals:

Link: Cambridge University invites practitioners to share their experiences of working with two-to-five-year-olds

Public Health England – Guidance: Best start in life and beyond

16 August 2021.  Guidance to support commissioning of the Family Nurse Partnership programme for improving public health outcomes for children, young people and families:

Link: Best start in life and beyond

Article: The most vulnerable children are being set up to fail – Politics Home

16 August 2021, Steve Rotheram.  A two-tier system exists in our country, with many children’s fates decided before they ever set foot in a classroom; their futures decided by the wealth of their parents and their postcode:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/the-most-vulnerable-children-are-being-set-up-to-fail

News: ‘I can’t work’: the mothers left to fight alone for their children’s mental health care – Guardian Online

15 August 2021, Chaminda Jayanetti.  Three parents forced to give up their lives and careers to get help for their severely ill children tell their stories:

Link: ‘I can’t work’: the mothers left to fight alone for their children’s mental health care

Article: Study finds Sure Start benefitted children’s long-term health – Nursery World

16 August 2021, Katy Morton.  New research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) reveals that children who accessed Sure Start children’s centres in their early years were far less likely to be hospitalised later on in life:

Link: Study finds Sure Start benefitted children’s long-term health

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

13 August 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)

Article: Nearly 1,600 children living with type 2 diabetes – Nursery World

13 August 2021, Katy Morton.  New NHS figures reveal the number of children with type 2 diabetes is on the rise, with 1,560 children in England now with the condition:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/nearly-1-600-children-living-with-type-2-diabetes

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

12 August 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

News: Revealed: England’s pandemic crisis of child abuse, neglect and poverty – Guardian Online

11 August 2021, Helen Pidd & Georgina Quach.  Foster places in short supply and council budgets buckling as social service referrals increase by up to 40% in some area:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/aug/11/revealed-englands-pandemic-crisis-of-child-abuse-neglect-and-poverty

Article: Cutting universal credit uplift is emblematic of a failure to take child poverty seriously – Politics Home

9 August 2021, Baroness Lister.  Despite protestations that reducing child poverty is a priority and despite all the talk of levelling up, there is no child poverty strategy worthy of the name:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/cutting-universal-credit-uplift-is-emblematic-of-a-failure-to-take-child-poverty-seriously

Report:  A New Era for Young People’s Mental Health – Young Minds

August 2021.  Young Mind’s report calls for help to be available to every young person who reaches out.  Growing numbers of young people are seeking help for their mental health, meaning that an already over-stretched system is a long way from meeting demand:

Link: A New Era For Young People’s Mental Health | YoungMinds

News: Landmark early years policy all set after Covid delay – TES Online

4 August 2021.  Every part of Scotland ready to provide 1,140 hours of free early learning and childcare, Nicola Sturgeon says:

Link: https://www.tes.com/news/landmark-early-years-policy-all-set-after-covid-delay

House of Commons Research briefing: Early intervention: a background paper – UK Parliament

6 August 2021.  This paper provides an introductory overview of the development of early intervention policies, their evidence-base and their impact. It also provides links to further reading. It complements the Library briefing paper Early Intervention: policy and provision (CBP 7647) which provides information on the provision of early intervention support programmes in England:

Link: Early intervention: a background paper

Article: Education and Children’s Services complaints dominate Ombudsman’s casework – Willis Palmer

August 2021.  The highest number of complaints received by the Local Government Ombudsman in the last year were about education and children’s services, the annual report has revealed:

Link: https://www.willispalmer.com/education-and-childrens-services-complaints-dominate-ombudsmans-casework/

Article: Early years Alliance files complaint over DfE refusal to release funding data – Nursery World

4 August 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  The Early Years Alliance has lodged a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office over the Department for Education’s refusal to release calculations to back up its claims that early years funding rates for 2021-22 do cover rising costs to staff wages:

Link: Early years Alliance files complaint over DfE refusal to release funding data

Article: Reformulation success: ‘The UK sugar levy has arguably been very successful from a public health point of view’ – Beverage Daily

5 August 2021, Rachel Arthur.  The UK’s Soft Drinks Industry Levy is responsible for a reduction in intake of nearly 6,500 calories from soft drinks per annum per UK resident, according to a new study. And the authors say much of the reduction came from manufacturers’ reformulation efforts before the levy even came into effect:

Link: Reformulation success: ‘The UK sugar levy has arguably been very successful from a public health point of view’

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

12 August 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

News: Local authorities fear for the future of the childcare sector – Nursery Management Today

August 2021.  Local authorities report the wide and varied support they have provided the childcare sector and families in a new report published today, but they are still concerned about the future of the sector, including around a shortage of childcare places for older children:

Link: http://nmt-magazine.co.uk/local-authorities-fear-for-the-future-of-the-childcare-sector/

Article: Nursery school heads seek ‘levelling-up’ role as funding crisis worsens – Nursery World

3 August 2021, Catherine Gaunt.  With the pandemic having a disastrous impact on the funding of nursery schools, head teachers speak out about the urgent need for Government to find a solution. Disadvantaged families and children with SEND stand to lose most:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/nursery-school-heads-seek-levelling-up-role-as-funding-crisis-worsens

News: Nurseries in England feeling the pressure as ‘pingdemic’ hits children and staff – Guardian Online

1 August 2021, Michael Savage.  Calls to extend exemptions to self-isolation in support of critical workers’ children:

Link: Coronavirus / Nurseries in England feeling the pressure as ‘pingdemic’ hits children and staff

News: 40,000 kids start school obese as figures lay bare damning North/South divide – Mirror Online

31 July 2021, Keir Mudie.  Concerns are now being raised as the health inequality gap widens with almost 15% of reception pupils in Middlesbrough obese or severely obese:

Link: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/40000-kids-start-school-obese-24660880

News: Mental health first aid training for primary schools ditched, government finally admits – Schools Week

30 July 2021, Samantha Booth.  Mental health first aid training for primary schools, promised by the government as part of £300 million plans to transform support for children, has been scrapped:

Link: https://schoolsweek.co.uk/mental-health-first-aid-training-for-primary-schools-ditched-government-finally-admits/

Article: Local authorities concerned about shortage of out-of-school provision – Nursery World

29 July 2021, Katy Morton.  A new report from Frontier Economics and Coram Family and Childcare finds that councils are worried about the supply of school-age childcare, including breakfast and after-school clubs:

Link: Local authorities concerned about shortage of out-of-school provision