30/03/22 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 30/03/22.

Ministerial Statement: Schools White Paper – Parallel Parliament

28 March 2022, The Secretary of State for Education (Nadhim Zahawi).  Statement on the publication of the schools White Paper:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/2022-03-28/commons/commons-chamber/schools-white-paper

Research briefing: Home Education in England – House of Commons Library

28 March 2022.  This briefing provides information and the key issues on home education in England as well as current and past proposals for reform:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn05108/

News: England schools set for minimum week length in new rules – BBC News Online

27 March 2022, Branwen Jeffreys. All schools in England will have to open for at least 32.5 hours a week, under government plans due to be published this week:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-60875162

Commons Debate: Physical Education – Parallel Parliament

23 March 2022. Text of Westminster Hall debate on Physical Education:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/2022-03-23/commons/westminster-hall/physical-education

Research and analysis: Research review series: PE – Ofsted

18 March 2022. A review of research into factors that influence the quality of physical education (PE) in schools in England:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/research-review-series-pe

Press release: Schools White Paper delivers real action to level up education

28 March 2022. Schools White Paper, Opportunity for All, sets out plans to make sure every child can reach the full height of their potential:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/schools-white-paper-delivers-real-action-to-level-up-education

Article: Spring Statement: Chancellor accused of ‘ignoring’ early years – Nursery World

23 March 2022, Katy Morton. The sector has expressed its disappointment over the Chancellor’s inaction on childcare and education funding:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/spring-statement-chancellor-accused-of-ignoring-early-years

Article: Parents spending a ‘huge chunk’ of their pay on childcare – survey – Nursery World

17 March 2022, Katy Morton.  Around one in three working parents with pre-school children spend more than a third of their wages on childcare, reveals a new poll:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/parents-spending-a-huge-chunk-of-their-pay-on-childcare-survey

Article: DfE urged to make full and relevant qualifications list ‘easier to understand’ – Nursery World

18 March 2022, Katy Morton. There are calls for the Department for Education to make its early years qualifications list simpler, as confusion mounts within the sector over which qualifications are ‘full and relevant’ with many graduates finding they don’t have a ‘licence to practice’:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/dfe-urged-to-make-full-and-relevant-qualifications-list-easier-to-understand

Article: Covid-19 affected the learning development of the youngest pupils the most – Nursery World

16 March 2022, Katy Morton. School closures due to the Coronavirus pandemic most impacted the learning of the youngest primary pupils, according to new research:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/covid-19-affected-the-learning-development-of-the-youngest-pupils-the-most

Article: Wales to begin expansion of funded two-year-old places – Nursery World

16 March 2022, Katy Morton. The Welsh Government is to begin its expansion of free childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds from the autumn:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/wales-to-begin-expansion-of-funded-two-year-old-places

Research briefing: Obesity Statistics – House of Commons Library

16 March 2022.  14.4% of reception age children (age 4-5) are obese, with a further 13.3% overweight. At age 10-11 (year 6), 25.5% are obese and 15.4% overweight. This data is from 2020/21 and is gathered as part of the National Child Measurement Programme:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn03336/

News: A fifth of children in care self-harmed during pandemic, research finds – Guardian Online

23 March 2022, Anna Bawden.  About one quarter said that they no longer had access to any mental health support:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/mar/23/a-fifth-of-children-in-care-self-harmed-during-pandemic-research-finds

Commons Debate: Mental Health Provision (Children and Young People) Bill – Parallel Parliament

18 March 2022.  Short debate on the Second Reading of a Private Member’s Bill: Mental Health Provision (Children and Young People) Bill:

Link: https://www.parallelparliament.co.uk/debate/2022-03-18/commons/commons-chamber/mental-health-provision-children-and-young-people-bill

Policy paper: Children and young people’s mental health: government response

17 March 2022. The government’s response to the Health and Social Care Committee report: Children and young people’s mental health

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-government-response

Blog: How we are improving the lives of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities – Department for Education

29 March 2022.  The DfE want all children to have the best opportunities in life, no matter their background. They’ve set out their vision for a SEND system that offers children and young people the opportunity to thrive, with access to the right support so they can fulfil their potential and lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling adult lives.  The proposals are outlined here:

Link: https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/2022/03/29/how-we-are-improving-the-lives-of-children-and-young-people-with-special-educational-needs-and-disabilities/

News: Teenage social media use linked to less life-satisfaction for some – BBC News Online

28 March 2022.  The more time girls aged between 11 and 13 spend on social media, the less likely they are to be satisfied with life a year later, a study suggests:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-60875884

Ministerial Statement: Online Safety Bill – They Work For You

17 March 2022.  Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written statement – made on 17th March 2022:

Link: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wms/?id=2022-03-17.hcws691.h&s=children#ghcws691.0

News: Online Harms Bill: Cyber-flashing added to proposed legislation – BBC News Online

17 March 2022, Jane Wakefield & Tom Gerken.  Measures to criminalise cyber-flashing and give a right to appeal against the removal of social media posts are among changes the government has proposed to its Online Harms Bill:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-60750463