Ofsted, the EU and internet safety

28 June 2016 It has been a week of facts and figures and we are looking at some in depth so hold on to your seats and keep going to the end where you will find a link to some useful E-safety resources. TWO LOCAL authorities – Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea have been judged as outstanding under an Ofsted inspection framework covering…

Parenting, pupil premium and well-being

21 June 2016 PARENTING “CAN no longer be a no-go area for public policy”, according to a new government-published report into socio-economic influences on children’s life chances.  While parental involvement in many areas such as bed-time stories, developmental playtime and support with school work had increased, the report revealed wide differences between children from socio-economic groups in…

Education, honours, policing and mental health

14 June 2016 A SYSTEM of education champions – foster carers specially trained to support other carers to navigate the education system and support the learning of children in their care – should be rolled out across the country. This is one recommendation of the final report of the London Fostering Achievement pilot intended to help…

Advocates, babies and asylum seekers

7 June 2016 MORE THAN half of children in care don’t know they are entitled to an advocate to provide them with an independent voice and support, according to a new report from the Children’s Commissioner.  While 90% of local authorities provide advocacy, the budget varied widely between £668 and just £2 a head, the report said.…