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Be the Voice for Abused Children

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 01.10.2014 | 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...

Scottish Independence and English Residential Child Care

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Though it was not our past more recently England has concretised individualised, responses to social problems. None more so than the 'split off' way children's homes have been discussed with an attendant burgeoning policy framework that sees them as almost another country.

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.

'Home Truths' About the Struggle for Survival of Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Children's homes providers have published a powerful documentary report, 'Home Truths - The state of independent residential child care 2014.' No ot...

Pooling Our Resources to Serve Children Well

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK
Jonathan Stanley

We need new thinking about the operating environment we currently frame as a 'marketplace'. We need a courageous, informed articulation of what is happening now, and the start of the thinking that can move us towards a method of effective working, both for quality of care and the health of our finances.

Children and Young People Are Being Betrayed

Chris Keates | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Keates

As teachers gather at the NASUWT Annual Conference over the Easter weekend they will, of course, be concerned about the relentless attacks that the teaching profession has suffered over the last four years, along with other public service workers, on their pay, pensions and conditions of service.

Tackling Poor Attainment and Preventing NEETs HAS to Start with Character-Building

Lady Diana Whitmore | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lady Diana Whitmore

Former children's minister Tim Loughton said last week that improving educational outcomes is the key to tackling youth unemployment. He's absolutely right, and it is early intervention programmes like ours that can help to ensure the most disadvantaged young children and teenagers are able to achieve their full academic, and personal, potential.

For Regular Regulation Wherever a Child Resides

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The current discussion over Ofsted concerns personalities - the chair, the chief inspector, and the minister. It's missing an important point...

Empathy Not Rhetoric Needed to Address the Reality of Our Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The gap between the rhetoric and the reality of Government proposals for children's homes is increasingly deep. I am increasingly at a loss to find a way to help Ministers find the empathy for the situation the sector now finds itself placed in. We need our Ministers to be role models of effective child care policy and practice, and essential for good residential child care is something called reflective practice.

Establishing the 'Hard Truths' About Our Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

The Chancellor George Osborne says that 2014 is the year of hard truths. We agree. It is time for hard truths about children's homes. It's time the Government, as Osborne said about Labour and economic strategy, 'was straight with people' about children's homes.

Residential Child Care Providers' Response to Secretary of State

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Children's homes providers, Local Authorities and Government are united in the aim that the right placement is made at the right time for the right child at the right cost. If are to match the Secretary of State's ambitions we need to be bold and address all the issues we face reforming not only children's homes but Children's Services more widely.

'Guinea Pig' Pupils Tested Too Much, Warns Union Leader

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

"Guinea pig" pupils are tested too much and should not be labelled "substandard citizens" if they fail to meet the Government's definition of academic...

Lucy Sherriff

Government Is Prioritising Saving Money Over Young People's Futures, Warns Barnardo's

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Young British people are at risk of becoming a generation of aimless, career-less 'inbetweeners' because of government cuts, a leading charity has war...

Balancing Privacy and Safety in Children's Homes

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

A new protocol between Ofsted, police, local authorities and the Office of the Children's Commissioner on sharing information about children's homes gives opportunity to a new good-faith collaboration characterised by transparency.

Cash For Failing Pupils

PA | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Secondary schools are to be given extra money to help pupils who are falling behind in English and maths, it was confirmed on Thursday. Under the i...

Bit Strapped For Cash?

PA | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Top graduates are to be offered £20,000 scholarships to train for a career teaching maths, it has been announced. Around 150 of the scholarships a...

Postcode Lottery For Home-Schooled Students

PA | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Children who are educated at home face an unreasonable lack of access to examinations such as GCSEs, according to a parliamentary committee. MPs sa...

Students Entered For Two Exams To Boost Results

PA | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Teenagers at hundreds of secondary schools are being entered for two English qualifications to boost results. As well as taking GCSE English, these...

'The Education System Fosters A Cult Of The Average'

PA | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The UK's education system is fostering a "cult of the average", failing to help the brightest youngsters, or those most in need, business leaders have...

Students 'Can't Read GCSE Exams' Claims Study

PA | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Teenagers' reading skills are not good enough to understand a GCSE exam paper, a new study claims. It suggests that on average, a student's reading...

'There Should Be As Many Apprenticeships As There Are University Places'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

There should be as many apprenticeships on offer to school leavers as there are university places, a former Labour schools minister has said. Lord ...

Students Who Take Exams Early 'Often Perform Worse'

PA | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of the brightest children in England are failing to achieve top grades at GCSE because of a growing trend towards entering pupils early for ...

'Baffled And Stunned.. And Devastated For The Children'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Students in Bradford have been left without a school one week before the start of term, after the government pulled funding at the last minute. The...

Try Again, Mr Gove

Wendy Jones | Posted 26.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Wendy Jones

Ever since Kenneth Baker first introduced a National Curriculum for schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 1988, governments have periodically had a bash at improving it. It's one of those cyclical things.

Plan To Tackle Witchcraft Child Abuse Launched After Boy's Horrific Murder

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK

An action plan to tackle faith-based child abuse has been launched by the government to dispel the "wall of silence" after the horrific murder of 15-y...