06/06/19 – Useful Links

Interesting blog posts, articles, reports, news and opinions sent out to members on 06/06/19

Blog: Supporting families through children’s centres and services – Department for Education

4 June 2019.  The Institute for Fiscal Studies published a press notice on the benefits of Sure Start centres. Their research said that Sure Start significantly reduce hospitalisations among children by the time they finish primary school and especially benefits children living in disadvantaged areas:

https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2019/06/04/supporting-families-through-childrens-centres-and-services/

Report: Sure Start centres reduce hospital admissions gap between rich and poor children by half, study finds – ITV Online

4 June 2019. Children’s centres reduce the gap in hospital admissions between rich and poor areas, a new study has found:

Sure Start centres reduce hospital admissions gap between rich and poor children by half, study finds

News: Is it time to treat sugar like smoking? – BBC News Online

4 June 2019, Nick Triggle.  From the smoking ban in 2007 to the introduction of plain packaging a decade later, everything has been done to discourage people from taking up the habit:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48499195

News: Ofsted: Schools made no difference to obesity problem – TES Online

3 June 2019, Will Hazell.  Ofsted’s Sean Harford says obesity is ‘not something schools can sort out on their own’, and that people cannot expect schools ‘to solve all of society’s ills’:

Ofsted: Schools made no difference to obesity problem

News: Special needs: Petition demands action on ‘national crisis’ – BBC News Online

30 May 2019, Judith Burns.  Disabled children and their families have taken to the streets today to demand action on “the national crisis” in special needs funding:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48448424

News: Sure Start centres ‘big benefit’ but face cuts – BBC News Online

4 June 2019, Sean Coughlan.  Sure Start centres, aimed at improving early years health and education in England, brought “big benefits for children’s health”, researchers say:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48498763

Article: UK sugar tax: Historic sales shift to sugar-free – Beverage Daily.com

21 May 2019, Jack Winkler, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition Policy, London Metropolitan University; and Tam Fry, chair, National Obesity Forum. A historic change in the sales of carbonated soft drinks has taken place since the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL) came into force a year ago – with sugarfree drinks rising, and full sugar products falling:

UK sugar tax: Historic sales shift to sugar-free

 News: Obesity is “new smoking”: NHS chiefs warn of 100 weight-related cancers cases a day in next decade – Yahoo News UK

1 June 2019, Laura Mowat.  NHS researchers have said that obesity will be responsible for 36,800 new cancer diagnoses per year by 2030:

Obesity is “new smoking”: NHS chiefs warn of 100 weight-related cancers cases a day in next decade

News: Shorter breaktimes may be harming pupil wellbeing – TES Online

10 May 2019.  DfE tells heads to ensure pupils get ‘appropriate’ breaktimes as researchers say shortening them limits chance to exercise, socialise and eat lunch:

Shorter breaktimes may be harming pupil wellbeing

News: Minister fears impact of reduced lunch breaks – TES Online

10 May 2019, Mark Smulian. Minister Nick Gibb worries pupils are missing out on valuable time to relax and socialise in the middle of the day:

Minister concerned early school finishes are cutting lunch hours

Open consultation: Character and resilience: call for evidence – Department for Education

27 May 2019.  The chair of the Character Advisory Group, Ian Bauckham, is seeking views on the development of character and resilience in young people:

Character and resilience: call for evidence

Article: Sugar vs fat reduction in cakes and biscuits: ‘It’s not one or the other’ – Food Navigator

31 May 2019, Flora Southey. Public Health England has been urged to include cakes and biscuits in its calorie reduction programme after researchers found “a considerable amount” of fat in own- and private-label brands:

Sugar vs fat reduction in cakes and biscuits: ‘It’s not one or the other’

News: Chief medical officer considers recommending tax on unhealthy food – BBC News Online

30 May 2019.  England’s chief medical officer says she is considering recommending a tax on unhealthy food to persuade parents to buy more fresh fruit and vegetables:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48461028

News: Online usage grows, but so do social media concerns – Ofcom study – BBC News Online

30 May 2019. The amount of time we spend online is growing, but so are calls for tougher regulation, a study of 1,001 children and 2,057 over-16s suggests:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48447071

News: Ultra-processed food linked to early death – BBC News Online

30 May 2019, James Gallagher. Ultra-processed foods – such as chicken nuggets, ice cream and breakfast cereals – have been linked to early death and poor helth, scientists say:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48446924

News: Teaching: it should be scrutinised, but not standardised – TES Online

22 May 2019, Samantha Shearer.  Forcing teachers to teach a certain way and stick to a script marks the demise of creativity and natural flair – and it’s pupils who suffer:

Teaching: it should be scrutinised, but not standardised

News: Too many children in mental health hospitals, says report – BBC News Online

20 May 2019.  Too many children in England are being admitted to mental health hospitals unnecessarily, according to a report:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48329398

Public Health England – Guidance: Screening tests for you and your baby

3 May 2019.  Information about the screening tests offered during and after pregnancy:

Screening tests for you and your baby

News: Councils’ approach to supporting children with SEND examined – Parliament UK, House of Commons, Education Select Committee

3 May 2019.  The Education Committee hears from East Sussex County Council and the London Borough of Newham on the approach of different councils to supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND):

Councils approach to supporting children with SEND examined

Open consultation: SEND and AP provision: call for evidence – Department for Education

3 May 2019.  Call for evidence on the financial arrangements for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and those who need alternative provision (AP):

SEND and AP provision: call for evidence

Blog: How our new programme will tackle child sexual exploitation – Department for Education

9 May 2019.  Thursday 9 May, the department has launched a new service to tackle child sexual exploitation as well as other criminal threats to children such as gangs, modern slavery and trafficking:

https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2019/05/09/how-our-new-programme-will-tackle-child-sexual-exploitation/

 Guidance: Early years inspection handbook (EIF) – OFSTED

14 May 2019.  Ofsted guidance on inspecting registered early years and childcare providers under the education inspection framework, for use from September 2019:

Early years inspection handbook (EIF)

 Blog: Ofsted Framework – Department for Education

14 May 2019.  Tuesday 14 May, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) has launched a new inspection framework, which will take effect from September:

https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2019/05/14/ofsted-framework/

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