15/10/21 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 15/10/21.

Speech: Nadine Dorries speech to ukactive Conference – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and The Rt Hon Nadine Dorries MP

13 October 2021.  Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s speech to ukactive Conference:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/nadine-dorries-speech-to-ukactive-conference

Conference: Eliminating weight stigma

13 October 2021. Food Active’s free conference on 4 November will address the issue of weight stigma and discrimination:

Link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eliminating-weight-stigma-a-call-to-action-tickets-183616280237

Blog: Child protection delayed is child protection denied – John Carr

12 October 2021.  In December 2020, one second after midnight when the new provisions of the European Electronic Communications Code kicked in, Facebook stopped looking for child sex abuse material (csam) across its platforms in all 27 EU Member States:

Link: https://johncarr.blog/2021/10/12/child-protection-delayed-is-child-protection-denied/

News: Periods and low confidence put some girls off sport – BBC News Online

11 October 2021. Periods, low confidence and being watched by other people are factors preventing about a third of girls in England enjoying sport, a report says. Data from the Youth Sport Trust shows over the last three years, periods have become the biggest concern for girls when doing PE in school:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-58841868

Article: The Online Safety Bill must live up to its name – Politics Home

7 October 2021, Baroness Kidron. Frances Haugen forensically put forward a devasting picture of how Facebook puts “profit over people”. The long awaited Online Safety Bill must curb the unfettered power of the tech sector and prioritise child safety:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/the-online-safety-bill-must-live-up-to-its-name

News: State and private schools cash gap doubles – study – BBC News Online

8 October 2021.  The gap between private-school fees and state-school per-pupil spending in England has more than doubled over the past decade, the Institute for Fiscal Studies says:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-58818527

News: Marcus Rashford: Child poverty may rise as universal credit top-up ends – BBC News Online

8 October 2021.  Manchester United star Marcus Rashford said receiving an honorary doctorate for his work to tackle child poverty was “bittersweet” as it came as the £20 top-up to universal credit ended:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-58833429

News: MPs urge ministers to look at ways to provide ‘greater security’ to childcare sector – Nursery World

7 October 2021, Katy Morton.  Cross-party MPs are calling on the Government to commission a review into the funding and affordability of childcare, and how to provide greater security to the sector following the pandemic:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/mps-urge-ministers-to-look-at-ways-to-provide-greater-security-to-childcare-sector

News: MATHS and science teachers will get a £3,000 a year “levelling up premium” to move to the poorest parts of Britain, Boris Johnson has announced – The Sun

6 October 2021.  MATHS and science teachers will get a £3,000 a year “levelling up premium” to move to the poorest parts of Britain, Boris Johnson has announced:

Link: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/16342209/boris-johnson-maths-science-teachers/

News: Education secretary announces plans to ‘invest’ in early years staff – Nursery World

5 October 2021, Katy Morton. The Government is to overhaul teacher training and invest in outstanding early years staff, the education secretary Nadhim Zahawi told delegates at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/education-secretary-announces-plans-to-invest-in-early-years-staff

News: Nursery schools need extra £96m to survive, DfE is told – TES Online

5 October 2021, Catherine Lough and John Roberts.  Heads and teachers’ leaders in joint call for government to provide long-term solution for maintained nursery schools:

Link: https://www.tes.com/news/nursery-schools-need-extra-ps96m-survive-dfe-told

Article: We must act to stop our children’s life chances being forever harmed by Covid – Politics Home

5 October 2021, Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Education Select Committee. As we emerge into a world changed by Covid, we need an education system that gives everyone, no matter their background or where they are in the country, the chance to climb the ladder of opportunity:

Link: https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/we-must-act-to-stop-our-childrens-life-chances-being-forever-harmed-by-covid

Official Statistics: Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: 23 March 2020 to 30 September 2021

5 October 2021.  A summary of attendance in education settings up to 30 September 2021:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/attendance-in-education-and-early-years-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-23-march-2020-to-30-september-2021

News: Ministers reportedly planning to change staff: child ratios for under-twos ‘to cut childcare costs’ – Nursery World

4 October 2021.  Sector organisations, nursery owners, childcarers and experts have vowed to oppose any attempts from the Government to relax rules on the number of babies and toddlers nurseries and childminders can care for in early years settings:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/ministers-reportedly-planning-to-change-staff-child-ratios-for-under-twos-to-cut-childcare-costs

News: Staggering Amount of Microplastic Found In Baby Poop – Baby Gaga

3 October 2021, Jessica Tucker.  Microplastics are literally everywhere including babies’ guts:

Link: https://www.babygaga.com/staggering-amount-microplastic-found-baby-poop/

News: Mind calls for mental health funding as NHS advertises for ‘virtual psychiatrists’ and crisis cases surge – Mind

2 October 2021.  Mental health charity Mind is urging the UK Government to set aside money for mental health services, so they can offer more face-to-face treatment, as multiple job adverts appeared for “virtual” psychiatrists and therapists:

Link: https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/news/mind-calls-for-mental-health-funding-as-nhs-advertises-for-virtual-psychiatrists-and-crisis-cases-surge/

News: Spike in children’s mental health disorders reflects ‘gaping workforce chasm’ – Nursing Times

1 October 2021, Megan Ford.  Mental ill-health among children in England has reached “unprecedented levels”, as latest figures reveal one in six had a probable mental disorder over the past year:

Link: https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/mental-health/spike-in-childrens-mental-health-disorders-reflects-gaping-workforce-chasm-01-10-2021/

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

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

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9243/

News: Why children need adventure in the playground – TES Online

30 September 2021, Simon Lock. Play that involves an element of risk has been proven to help primary children cope with anxiety – and here’s how schools can deliver it:

Link: https://www.tes.com/news/why-children-still-need-adventure-school-playground-risky-play

News: One in six children in England suffering poor mental health – The Independent Online

30 September 2021, Shaun Lintern. More than two fifths of children reported a fall in their mental wellbeing between 2017 and 2021:

Link: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/mental-health-children-nhs-survey-b1929854.html

Article: Fewer than 5,000 schools delivered sex education last academic year – Willis Palmer

September 2021.  There are 24,000 primary and secondary state schools in the UK, but school standards minister Robin Walker has revealed that in the 2020/21 academic year, the new programme reached 3,800 schools, and provisional data for the last wave, which ended in July, shows a further 1,000 schools have been supported:

Link: https://www.willispalmer.com/fewer-than-5000-schools-delivered-sex-education-last-academic-year/

Press release: New era of public health to tackle inequalities and level up the UK –

1 October 2021.  The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities launches today putting prevention at the heart to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-era-of-public-health-to-tackle-inequalities-and-level-up-the-uk

Article: Training starts for mental health leads in schools to deliver whole-school approach to mental health – Willis Palmer

October 2021.  Mental health leads in schools were first mooted in the children and young people’s mental health green paper published in 2017. The leads would gain knowledge and skills to ensure a ‘whole-school approach’ to mental health. The green paper said that the leads would work closely with Mental Health Support Teams, which would be based in and near schools and colleges and provide a link between schools and the NHS to support children and young people’s mental health:

Link: https://www.willispalmer.com/training-starts-for-mental-health-leads-in-schools-to-deliver-whole-school-approach-to-mental-health/

Research briefing: Coronavirus and schools – House of Commons Library

30 September 2021.  This briefing paper looks at the impact of the pandemic on schools and pupils. It largely focuses on England. Updated for 2021-22 academic year:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8915/

News: Facebook grilled over mental-health impact on kids – BBC News Online

30 September 2021, Cristina Criddle.  Facebook has defended the impact of its products, saying Instagram has “affirmatively helped” young people:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-58753525