18/06/19 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 18/06/19


News: New chief medical officer appointed – Department of Health and Social Care and Professor Chris Whitty

14 June 2019.  The Cabinet Secretary has announced Chris Whitty as the new Chief Medical Officer for England and the UK government’s Chief Medical Adviser:

New chief medical officer appointed


News: New deputy chief medical officer appointed for England – Department of Health and Social Care and Dr Jenny Harries OBE

7 June 2019.  The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed that Dr Jenny Harries OBE will be the new Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England:

New deputy chief medical officer appointed for England


News: Jeremy Corbyn: Children’s talents being squandered – BBC News Online

8 June 2019. Children’s talents are “squandered” by a failing and underfunded education system and unequal society, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48567208


News: Silicon Valley parents banning tech for their kids – BBC News Online

5 June 2019, Colleen Hagerty. Some of the creators of the apps and technology we spend so much time on are now on a mission to keep it away from their kids:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-48533999/silicon-valley-parents-banning-tech-for-their-kids


Blog: The UK Calls for Plain Packaging for Unhealthy Drinks and Snacks – Market Research Updates

4 June 2019, Cassandra Salinas.  The UK has proposed a new bill under which sweets and sugary drinks should be in plain packaging wrappers, like cigarettes to help fight preventable diseases:

The UK Calls for Plain Packaging for Unhealthy Drinks and Snacks


News: Advertisers slam government over junk food ad ban proposals – City AM

9 June 2019, James Warrington.  Advertisers have launched a scathing attack on the government’s plans to ramp up restrictions on junk food advertising, describing them as “totally disproportionate” and lacking in evidence:

Advertisers slam government over junk food ad ban proposals


News: P1 assessments to continue with ‘important modifications’ – BBC News Online

11 June 2019. Standardised assessments for P1 pupils should be allowed to continue if “important modifications” are made, an independent review has concluded:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-48585137


News: Folic acid: Consultation starts on plan to fortify flour – BBC News Online

13 June 2019.  The government is consulting on plans to add folic acid to flour in the UK to help prevent birth defects such as spina bifida:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-48608653


News: Adding folic acid to flour: public asked views – Department of Health and Social Care

13 June 2019. Plans to add folic acid to flour in the UK could prevent up to 200 birth defects a year, Public Health Minister, Seema Kennedy, announced today:

Adding folic acid to flour: public asked views


News: UK one of ‘least family friendly’ countries in Europe – BBC News Online

13 June 2019.  The UK is one of the worst places in Europe for paid parental leave and affordable quality childcare, the UN’s children’s charity has said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48612493


News:  Don’t deny breaks to punish pupils, say psychologists – TES Online

14 June 2019, Martin George. Play is ‘crucial’ for child development and should not be taken away for misbehaviour or to finish work, schools warned:

Don’t deny breaks to punish pupils, say psychologists


News: Essex mums furious with county council after letter tells them their kids are obese – Essex Live

14 June 2019, Paige Ingram. Another concerned mum said: “My son was considered obese on the primary school scale, he was a little larger than a starved child:

Essex mums furious with county council after letter tells them their kids are obese


News: Theresa May calls for mental health to be priority – BBC News Online

16 June 2019, Sean Coughlan. Every new teacher in England will be trained in how to spot early warning signs of mental illness, under a plan being unveiled by Theresa May later:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-48658151


Press release: PM launches new mission to put prevention at the top of the mental health agenda – Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street and The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

17 June 2019. Package of support will overhaul approach to preventing mental illness, building on record investment in mental health services:

PM launches new mission to put prevention at the top of the mental health agenda


News:  Put counsellors in schools, say four in five parents – TES Online

13 June 2019, Helen Ward. School counselling can play a crucial role in tackling the mental health crisis, says professional association:

Put counsellors in schools, say four in five parents


Report: Persistent poverty affects one in five UK children – study – ITV News Online

11 June 2019. Persistent poverty affects one in five children in the UK, according to a new study:

Persistent poverty affects one in five UK children – study


Blog: Funding early years – Department for Education

11 June 2019. The Early Years Alliance (EYA) published a report showing nurseries in England’s poorest areas are facing closure because of a shortfall in government funding:

https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2019/06/11/funding-early-years/

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