14/10/19 – Useful Links

Interesting links, articles, news and blog posts sent out to members on 19/10/19

Article: ‘Mixed progress’ in sugar reduction: PHE report – Food Manufacture

20 September 2019, Noli Dinkovski.  Breakfast cereal and yogurt manufacturers are leading the way in sugar reduction, but progress in confectionery, biscuits and puddings has stalled, according to Public Health England’s (PHE’s) second-year report on the food industry’s attempt to voluntarily reduce sugar in everyday foods:

‘Mixed progress’ in sugar reduction: PHE report

Blog:  Ensuring a good education for all children – Department for Education

26 September 2019.  Education in the Media blog looks at disadvantage, Reception Baseline Assessment and Key Stage 1 Assessment statistics released:

https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2019/09/26/ensuring-a-good-education-for-all-children/

Blog:  Ensuring a nutritious breakfast for children – Department for Education

25 September 2019.  Breakfast cereal manufacturer Kellogg’s published a survey that suggests children are displaying behaviour issues at school because they are hungry. The survey questioned 1,000 primary and secondary school teachers in September 2019:

https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2019/09/25/ensuring-a-nutritious-breakfast-for-children/

FOI Release:  Responses to our research into knife crime – Ofsted

16 September 2019.  The provider-level responses from London schools to our knife crime survey:

Responses to our research into knife crime

Abstract: Effective implementation of primary school-based healthy lifestyle programmes: a qualitative study of views of school staff – NCBI, PubMed.gov

9 September 2019. RE Day, P Sahota, MS Christian.  Effective implementation of school-based healthy lifestyle programmes was thought to be aided by flexible and adaptable programmes, enabling good contextual fit, well-resourced programmes and effective leadership at multiple levels, pupil (pupils support delivery) and parent involvement:

Effective implementation of primary school-based healthy lifestyle programmes: a qualitative study of views of school staff. 

Collection:  Sugar reduction and wider reformulation – Public Health England

20 September 2019.  These documents explain how PHE is approaching sugar reduction as part of its wider reformulation programme:

Sugar reduction and wider reformulation

Article: Sugar content in soft drinks cut by nearly a third as voluntary efforts fall way off target – Food Navigator

20 September 2019, Oliver Morrison.  Public Health England’s latest progress report on the food and drink industry’s sugar cutting efforts reveal significant changes in areas where the sugar tax applies, but a disappointing lack of progress with the voluntary sugar reduction programme:

Sugar content in soft drinks cut by nearly a third as voluntary efforts fall way off target

News: Early years: When topic-based learning goes wrong – TES Online

22 September 2019, Dulcinea Norton.  It’s supposed to be fun, but a half term of, say, pirate-themed learning can leave you and your students feeling adrift:

Early years: When topic-based learning goes wrong

Blog:  Reception Baseline Assessment – Department for Education

24 September 2019.  Launch of new information page to provide reliable and accurate information to parents and teachers about the reception baseline assessment:

https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2019/09/24/reception-baseline-assessment/

News:  Scottish Health Survey 2018 published – Scottish Government

24 September 2019.  Scotland’s Chief Statistician released The Scottish Health Survey 2018, providing information on the health, and factors relating to health, of adults and children in Scotland:

Scottish Health Survey 2018 published

News: New childhood obesity figures ‘paint bleak picture’ – TES Online

24 September 2019.  Politicians must take action on childhood obesity before next elections, says cancer charity:

New childhood obesity figures ‘paint bleak picture’

News Release:  Support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities in England – National Audit Office

11 September 2019.  While some children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are receiving high-quality support, many others are not getting the help they should, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). Local authorities are coming under growing financial pressure as the demand for supporting school pupils with the greatest needs rises:

https://www.nao.org.uk/report/support-for-pupils-with-special-educational-needs-and-disabilities/

Article: HFSS promotions in Scotland to be restricted – Food Manufacture

Sales of confectionery, cakes, crisps and sugary drinks north of the border are to be curbed after the Scottish Government announced plans to restricting the promotion of food high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS):

HFSS promotions in Scotland to be restricted

Policy paper:  PHE Strategy 2020 to 2025 – Public Health England

10 September 2019.  This strategy sets out Public Health England’s priorities for the next 5 years:

PHE Strategy 2020 to 2025

Open Consultation: Implementing mandatory minimum per pupil funding levels – Department for Education

10 September 2019.  This consultation seeks views on the implementation of the mandatory minimum per pupil funding levels in the national funding formula which are to be used by local authorities in their local formula:

Implementing mandatory minimum per pupil funding levels

Press Release on Report:  Routing Out Childhood Obesity – RSPH

13 September 2019.  A new report published today (13 September 2019) outlines a raft of measures aimed at overhauling the after-school street environment for children in the UK. Routing Out Childhood Obesity, a report by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), found that despite wider efforts to support kids’ healthy eating in school and at home, the world they experience between the school gates and the front door can still have a disproportionate effect on diet and lifestyle:

Routing Out Childhood Obesity

News: ‘Snack tax’ better than sugary drink levy for tackling obesity, study finds – Food & Drink International

5 September 2019, Dominic Cuthbert.  A snack tax may be more effective than a sugary drink levy in tackling obesity, new research argues:

‘Snack tax’ better than sugary drink levy for tackling obesity, study finds

News:  A healthy diet accessible for everyone: Committee seek views – Parliament UK, Lords Select Committee Food, Poverty, Health & the Environment

3 September 2019.  The House of Lords Food, Poverty, Health and Environment Committee holds its first evidence session on Tuesday 3 September. It seeks views from the Food Foundation, the London Food Board, Cancer Research UK and academic experts on how healthy, sustainable food can be made accessible for everyone:

A healthy diet accessible for everyone: Committee seek views

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