Children’s Laureate warns of ‘vast inequality’ in primary school libraries

Children’s laureate Cressida Cowell has warned of “vast inequality” in the provision of primary school libraries, and said the gap in educational achievement and opportunity “remains stark, worrying and urgent” as she called for Boris Johnson to ring-fence a yearly investment of £100m. Reading The author, known for books including the How To Train Your Dragon series, has written an open letter signed by former laureates including Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake, saying: It is heart-breaking to see just how unevenly this fundamental opportunity is distributed. The letter said the lack of access to libraries means millions of children – particularly those from the poorest communities worst-hit by…

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Children’s charity under pressure for accepting JCB’s ‘dirty money’

Campaigners are calling on the the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to stop accepting money from British construction company JCB. JCB manufactures bulldozers used by the Israeli army to demolish Palestinian homes. The company is currently being investigated by a UK government body over whether it’s in breach of human rights guidelines. Demolitions of Palestinian homes and property are part of the Israeli state’s colonisation policy in Palestine, and are illegal under international law. New research by Shoal Collective shows that at least 160 children were made homeless by demolitions carried out by Israeli forces using JCB equipment during 2020. The research also…

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A BBC report completely disrespected Children’s Mental Health Week

The BBC has shown contempt for Children’s Mental Health Week. Because during one of its flagship news programmes, it repeated a piece of Tory propaganda. It did so without question – giving viewers the impression the government is spending £2bn on young people’s mental health. This seems completely untrue. The BBC: ‘look what the government is doing!’ This year’s Children’s Mental Health Week is running from 1-7 February. Smack-bang in the middle of this, BBC News at Six did a segment on the topic. It was in relation to education during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. During host George Alagiah’s introduction to it, he claimed the Department of Health and…

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‘There will be irreparable loss’: government urged to take action to save children’s futures

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is likely to have a huge long-term impact on children’s lives, leading to calls for the government to step up support. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has estimated that the education lost due to the virus could cost today’s children £40,000 in lifetime earnings. This comes after repeated concerns disadvantaged children are increasingly being left behind. This is incredibly bad. There's no equivalent to it in recent history. Probably not since WW2. And of course it will hit the most disadvantaged the hardest – I'd estimate based on early findings the difference between bottom and top decile will be a year or so of lost…

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How saving, not slaying, the world’s giants could secure our children’s futures

If 2020 has taught people anything, it’s that our relationship with the rest of the natural world needs to change. We’ve faced a devastating pandemic, most likely thanks to our trading in wildlife. Communities and landscapes have been upended by disastrous fires, floods, droughts, and extreme weather events – environmental occurences that experts are increasingly linking to human-caused climate change. In short, the world today’s children will inherit does not currently look bright. So for people to have any hope of convincing their children that they have their best interests at heart, we need to transform how we view and interact with our fellow earthly beings and, indeed,…

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Children’s commissioner slams ‘negligent’ care system that’s failing thousands of young people

The state can be so negligent to children in the care system that it would risk its children being taken away if it were an actual parent, the children’s commissioner is set to warn. Anne Longfield will say that the system of children’s social care is failing thousands of young people and will fail more without urgent reform and funding. Unless emergency funding is granted in Wednesday’s spending review, family services will be in “deep trouble”, she will warn. Bad parenting In a speech setting out her vision for the future of children’s social care, she will say that while many children are protected, others are falling through…

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Children’s public health 0 to 5 years: national reporting

Published 27 June 2018 Last updated 10 September 2020 + show all updates 10 September 2020Added notification that the national interim reporting system, suspended in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will restart on 21 September 2020 with a revised timetable. 11 September 2019Added 2019 to 2020 version of the guidance. 27 June 2018First published. Source link

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