29/07/22 – Useful Links

Final Report: Reframing Childhood: The Childhood Policy Programme – The British Academy

July 2022.  This final report from the Childhood Policy Programme is centred around three themes that emerged from the programme’s first phase. First, being a child versus becoming an adult explores where the balance lies in policy between focusing on children as children and on focusing on children in terms of their future adulthood. The second theme investigates children’s rights approaches in relation to policy formation, delivery, and enactment across the UK. The final theme is that of children’s voice and participation, focusing on how children’s voices, in their diversity, can be successfully incorporated into policy:

Link: https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/publications/childhood-policy-programme-final-report/

Research briefing: School funding in England – House of Commons Library

22 July 2022. A non-technical overview of school funding levels and mechanisms in England:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-8419/

News: Food banks warn they are struggling to keep up with demand – BBC News Online

23 July 2022, Dan Whitworth and Rob England. UK food banks have seen a rise in demand since the start of the year coupled with a drop in food donations, Radio 4’s Money Box research suggests:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-62228972

Open consultation: Feeding young children aged 1 to 5 years: draft SACN report – Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

20 July 2022. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) is inviting comments on the scientific content of the draft report ‘Feeding young children aged 1 to 5 years’ and its supporting documents:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/feeding-young-children-aged-1-to-5-years-draft-sacn-report

Article: Ofsted – Children continue to be behind developmentally due to Covid – Nursery

20 July 2022, Katy Morton.  Children’s language development, social interaction and gross motor skills continue to be impacted by the pandemic, according to new research from the inspectorate:

Link: https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/ofsted-children-continue-to-be-behind-developmentally-due-to-covid

Research and analysis: Education recovery in schools: summer 2022 – Ofsted

20 July 2022.  A briefing on the continued impact of the pandemic and education recovery, drawing on evidence from inspections that Ofsted carried out in summer 2022:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-recovery-in-schools-summer-2022

Research and analysis: Education recovery in early years providers: summer 2022 – Ofsted

20 July 2022. A briefing on the continued impact of the pandemic and education recovery, drawing on evidence from summer 2022 inspections:

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/education-recovery-in-early-years-providers-summer-2022

News: Children in care are being illegally placed in caravans and boats – BBC News Online

20 July 2022, Noel Titheradge. Children in care are still being illegally placed in unregulated homes in England, including on narrowboats and in caravans, BBC News has learned:

Link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-62127523

News: More than a quarter of children ‘on diets’ even if healthy weight – ITV News Online

18 July 2022. A study involving more than 34,000 youngsters in England found a rise in the proportion of children as young as eight trying to shed the pounds:

Link: https://www.itv.com/news/2022-07-18/more-than-a-quarter-of-children-on-diets-even-if-healthy-weight

Research briefing: Children’s social care workforce – House of Commons Library

18 July 2022. There was a debate on the children’s social care workforce in Westminster Hall at 4:30pm on 20 July 2022. This debate was led by Marie Rimmer MP. Briefing note here:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cdp-2022-0142/

Research briefing: Assessment and testing in primary education in England – House of Commons Library

18 July 2022.  Overview of national curriculum assessments (‘SATs) in primary education in England; includes headline KS2 SATs results for 2022:

Link: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-7980/

Report – Bringing up the next generation: from research to policy – Nuffield Foundation

11 July 2022.  Across the Changing face of early childhood series, Nuffield Foundation has detailed striking changes in the lives of families with young children over the last 20 years, as well as some continuities. In this final report, they highlight four of the most significant changes and identify policy goals and recommendations that should underpin an ambitious early childhood strategy:

Link: https://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/publications/bringing-up-the-next-generation

Report: A Head Start: Early support for children’s mental health – The Children’s Commissioner

7 July 2022, Dame Rachel de Souza. England’s children take their mental health and wellbeing really seriously. They speak about it fluently and more confidently than many adults. This shone through in the findings of The Big Ask, which the Children’s Commissioner launched last year and is the largest-ever survey of over half a million children:

Link: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/report/a-head-start-early-support-for-childrens-mental-health/