Department for Education

Who Is Really Running The Department For Education?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Politics

Michael Gove still plays a leading role in shaping the Government's education policy, the Schools Minister has claimed. David Laws said the Conserv...

Sex Education 'Should Be Compulsory For Primary Schools'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK

The government has been been sharply criticised for a steep decline in standards of sex education by an influential Commons committee, which has recom...

Proposed Quality Standards for Children's Homes Neither Out Far Nor in Deep

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

What is needed are standards that capture the essence of residential child care experiences. Robert Frost repeatedly returned to consider liberty and individualism describing freedom as 'feeling easy in your harness.'

Be the Voice for Abused Children

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Doubt and fear of getting it wrong must play on people's minds even if they are worried. Often there are no obvious, physical signs of neglect. But if a child you know shows signs of not being fed or clothed properly, is missing school a lot or is left unsupervised and alone inappropriately for their age, we urge people to alert the professionals. I remember speaking to Claire [not her real name], one of our many fantastic foster carers. She has been looking after a 15-year-old boy who came into her care about two years ago, having suffered years of neglect. She spoke of how he looked like an 'eight-year-old' because he had been so badly underfed...

The Small Voice Is Often the One We Need to Hear Loudest

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Just as an unintended consequence of Scottish independence no matter the result will be a redrawing of the way all countries of these islands are governed so too English children's services needs a redrawing of values and ethics, policy and practice.

Insightful Government-Backed Advice For Couples Includes Making A Cup Of Tea

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK

A government-funded scheme advising couples to save their relationship by making make each other cups of tea, or occasionally meeting for lunch, has b...

The New Curriculum: The Implementation May Be Messy But There Is a Definite Need for Change

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Carey Ann Dodah

This September a new national curriculum will be taught in schools across England. This could lead to testing times for parents, teachers and children alike, as they embark on the challenge of getting to grips with new expectations and new ways of learning.

Gove Called An 'Obsessed Zealot' Over Free Schools

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Politics

Michael Gove is an "ideologically obsessed zealot" who has pushed through £400 million of cuts to funding for extra school places to help plug a fina...

Toddlers 'Referred For Drugs And Alcohol Treatment'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK

Four-year-olds are among hundreds of children being referred to specialist drug and alcohol treatment services, it has been revealed. After being a...

Evidence Leads to Conclusions - Education Select Committee and Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

This is an inquiry report in which children's homes will feel listened to and that is a very major step to healing the hurt that has been done to the sector. Whereas previous reports and discussions have included many extrapolations and interpretations of evidence here we have the transparency the sector has been seeking: evidence leads to conclusions.

Working Class Children Must 'Fit In' If They Want To Succeed

The Huffington Post UK | Amelia Amin | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK

Working class children must learn to behave more like the middle classes if they are to get ahead in life, a government adviser has claimed. Peter ...

Sending Two-Year-Olds to School in Their Babygros

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Why would two-year-olds not thrive in schools? For starters, they are likely to be in nappies, have limited language and may well be drinking from a bottle. Next, they need higher ratios of staff to children as they need access to stable attachments with a key person and sensitive and responsive care from everyone.

Improving the Lives of Vulnerable Young People's Lives Is the Number Once Priority of Children's Homes Providers

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The first Ofsted annual social care report includes yet another recording of the sustained good practice that exists in our children's homes. Providers are clearly meeting what is required of them. Every time the bar has been raised, providers have met the challenge...

Government Data Telling New Story About Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

It is time to clear your mind of all that you thought you knew about children's homes. 'The right placement at the right time for the right child at...

Change In Term Times Will Make Life Harder For Families

PA | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A move to allow schools to set their own term times will make life harder for families with children of different ages, a survey of parents suggests. ...

Proposed Church of England Takeover of State Schools Should Ring Warning Bells

Jonathan Romain | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK
Jonathan Romain

It will be tragic if community schools that currently serve their local population without discrimination and see themselves as the hub of local life are transformed into ones that serve one particular faith group only and exclude others - be it those of different faiths or no-belief system. Let faith be celebrated in the home or in church or at Sunday school or at summer camp, but school should be the place where the whole of society comes together and interacts.

How Much?!

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK

The Government has spent almost £60 million supporting its flagship free schools programme since it began, figures have revealed. Almost £40 mill...

Clever Pupils 'Let Down' By Secondary Schools' Low Expectations

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK

Tens of thousands of clever children are being let down by England's state secondary schools, inspectors have warned. A culture of low expectations...

'Tory Education' Twitter Feed Calls Ex Minister A Liar

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK

An extraordinary war of words has broken out between a Conservative former Children's Minister and the "Tory Education" twitter feed. There has...

A Quiet Response to a Very Big Announcement

TES FE Focus | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
TES FE Focus

On Tuesday, a couple of working days after its self-imposed deadline, the Department for Education finally made the announcement that colleges would be able to recruit 14- and 15-year-olds directly, as predicted in Friday's TES.

Much-needed Financial Support for Children Leaving Care

Paul Goggins | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Goggins

Children in care are amongst the most disadvantaged and marginalised young people in the UK - and financial support is vital if care leavers are to have the same chances in life as other young people.

Too Many Children 'Lack Basic Skills' When Starting School

PA | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK

Too many children are still starting school without the basic skills they need to learn, according to Ofsted's annual report. It is a concern that ...

Parents Able To Compare Nurseries Online

PA | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Parents will be able to go online to compare nurseries and childminders in their area from Tuesday. Ofsted's website will contain information on di...

Which Government Policy Cost £1bn More Than Forecast?

PA | Posted 22.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

An extra £1 billion was spent by the Government in the last two years on turning schools into academies, the spending watchdog has said. The Natio...

The Missing Children's Minister?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK Politics

Women's groups and MPs have criticised Children's Minister Ed Timpson for failing to attend a key debate on child sexual exploitation, with two charit...