14/04/22 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 14/04/22.

Open consultation: Mental health and wellbeing plan: discussion paper and call for evidence – Department of Health and Social Care

12 April 2022. This discussion paper and call for evidence seek views on what we can do to improve everyone’s mental health and wellbeing.  This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 5 July 2022:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/mental-health-and-wellbeing-plan-discussion-paper-and-call-for-evidence

Article: Children “priced out of opportunity” by Tory failure on childcare, Labour says – Labour List

11 April 2022, Katie Neame. Bridget Phillipson has argued that “Tory inaction” on childcare costs means that children across the country are “being priced out of opportunity” as Labour pledges to prioritise early years with recovery investment:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/rise-in-number-of-teachers-planning-to-leave-the-job

Article: Rise in number of teachers planning to leave the job – Nursery World

11 April 2022, Catherine Gaunt.  High workload and workplace stress are significant factors leading to 44 per cent of teachers to say they plan to leave teaching in the next five years:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/rise-in-number-of-teachers-planning-to-leave-the-job

Research briefing: Analysis of the Online Safety Bill – House of Commons Library

8 April 2022.  The Online Safety Bill is scheduled to have its second reading on 19 April 2022:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9506/

Article: Education recovery in early years providers – Nursery Management Today

5 April 2022. This briefing draws on inspection evidence gathered in the spring 2022 term and discussions with early years inspectors about the ongoing implications of the pandemic on children:

Link: https://nmt-magazine.co.uk/education-recovery-in-early-years-providers/

Column: There is much, much more to be done to help schools recover from Covid – Conservative Home

6 April 2022, Robert Halfron MP. Last week, the Department for Education (DfE) released not one, but two significant new policy documents – a White Paper on Schools and a Green Paper on children with special educational needs:

Link: https://www.conservativehome.com/thecolumnists/2022/04/robert-halfon-there-is-much-much-more-to-be-done-to-help-schools-recover-from-covid.html

Official Statistics: Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: 23 March 2020 to 31 March 2022

5 April 2022.  A summary of attendance in education settings up to 31 March 2022:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/attendance-in-education-and-early-years-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-23-march-2020-to-31-march-2022

News: Covid: Young child development worrying, says Ofsted boss – Online News

4 April 2022.  Young children’s development, following the pandemic, has been “particularly worrying”, the chief inspector of Ofsted has said:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-60981450

Article: Government names 75 local areas to operate family hubs – Nursery World

2 April 2022, Catherine Gaunt.  The 75 local authorities chosen by the Department for Education as eligible for a share of £302 million to set up the Government’s ‘flagship’ family hubs in their areas have been named:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/government-names-75-local-areas-to-operate-family-hubs

Collection: Education recovery series – Ofsted

4 April 2022.  Briefings on education recovery and how schools, prisons, early years providers and further education and skills providers are responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/ofsted-education-recovery-series

News: Swamped NHS mental health services turning away children, say GPs – Guardian Online

3 April 2022, Denis Campbell.  Exclusive: survey lays bare extent of help denied by CAMHS to under-18s who are struggling mentally:

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/apr/03/swamped-nhs-mental-health-services-turning-away-children-say-doctors

Independent report: Evaluation of the 2021 holiday activities and food programme – Department for Education

2 April 2022.  Findings from the evaluation of the holiday activities and food programme, which was carried out between May 2021 and February 2022:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/evaluation-of-the-2021-holiday-activities-and-food-programme

Research: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent mental health – Department for Education

March 2022.  The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent mental health is a widespread concern. However, to date, there is limited empirical evidence which can causally attribute changes to the pandemic. With the aim of overcoming some of the existing methodological limitations, the current study utilised a naturally occurring experiment within two ongoing school-based trials:

Link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1063619/The_impact_of_the_COVID-19_pandemic_on_adolescent_mental_health.pdf

Article: Backlog in CSA cases rises by 70% – Willis Palmer

March 2022.  The backlog of child sexual abuse cases has risen by 70% leaving thousands of children in limbo and lacking support, a leading children’s charity has warned:

Link: https://www.willispalmer.com/backlog-in-csa-cases-rises-by-70/

News: Covid: Tutoring cash to go straight to English schools in shake-up – BBC News Online

31 March 2022, Hazel Shearing.  Cash to arrange catch-up tutoring for pupils after Covid will go directly to schools in England next year, says the government, in a move that axes its contract with supplier Randstad:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-60941001

Research and analysis: Summer schools: final report – Department for Education

31 March 2022.  Report assessing the effectiveness of the summer school programme for secondary schools over the 2021 holiday:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/summer-schools-final-report

Article: Recruitment crisis sees nurseries downgraded by Ofsted or forced to close rooms – Nursery World

30 March 2022, Katy Morton.  Nurseries are being forced to close rooms, or in some cases, their entire setting, while others are being downgraded by Ofsted, due to the worsening recruitment crisis:


Children’s Commissioner: Welcomes proposals to improve support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Alternative Provision (AP) – www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk

29 March 2022.  “One of my team was talking to a 14 year old boy in a special school just yesterday about what he would change to make school even better, he said “teachers should have training for SEND whether they are in mainstream or special”. This is a sentiment echoed by many of the children I have spoken to since I took up the post of Children’s Commissioner last March, including in The Big Ask, the largest-ever survey of over half a million children that I conducted last year”:

Link: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/2022/03/29/childrens-commissioner-welcomes-proposals-to-improve-support-for-children-with-special-educational-needs-and-disabilities-send-and-alternative-provision-ap/

Article: Nursery group’s ‘open letter’ calls for Government action to save sector – Nursery World

25 March 2022, Catherine Gaunt.  More than 100 nursery groups and early years providers have signed an open letter to the Government highlighting the dire situation the sector faces with recruitment at ‘an all-time low’ and settings struggling to survive after years of underfunding:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/nursery-group-s-open-letter-calls-for-government-action-to-save-sector