Child Files The new Ofsted Framework and Implications for the SENCO
In this month’s Child File Lorraine Petersen OBE, CEO of the National Association for Special Educational Needs, gives a quick user’s guide to the new Ofsted Framework for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators
Fitter or fatter? Schools falling behind in PE and Sport
Ray Barker describes the outcomes of some major research into PE and Sport resourcing in schools and reports on the concerns this raises for participation and fitness.
Too cool students put health at risk
Lucy Shakeshaft reports that new university students are putting their health in jeopardy by failing to prepare for allergic reaction.
Courageous caring for children
Ken McEwen describes how Autism Accreditation has recognized the special values at the heart of an Aberdeen School
Don’t let children with autism lose out!
Caroline Hattersley reports that many parents of children with autism struggle to get the right educational support. She explains the nature of autism, how it affects children’s experience at school and, above all, how teachers can improve their skills to meet the needs of children with autism more effectively.
Promoting positive well-being for children – The Good Childhood Report 2012
A new report has just been published which reveals that half a million children across the UK are unhappy with their lives. The Good Childhood Report 2012 has been published by The Children’s Society with the University of York.
Enjoyment of reading
The National Literacy Trust undertook their first annual survey into young people’s reading in late 2010. Some 18,141 young people aged 8 to 17 participated in the survey which focused on their attitudes towards reading, writing, communication skills as well as technology use. This latest publication from the study explored perceptions of how much young people enjoy reading, how good they think they are as readers, how often they read and how long for, what types of materials they read outside of class, how many books they read and how many books they have in the home, and how they feel about reading.
The distribution of Child Poverty in England – latest Government research report
The DFE Child Poverty Unit has conducted a study into the distribution of child poverty in England using its Local child Poverty Measure. This has been done to support the Department’s Child Poverty Strategy. The study analysed local level child poverty data to explore the distribution of child poverty in England and to find out how child poverty rates in areas of disadvantage have changed over time. The (revised) local child poverty measure was defined as ‘the proportion of children living in families in receipt of out of work benefits or tax credits where their reported income is less than 60 percent median income’.
Parental engagement – what works!
What does effective parental engagement look like and how can it be encouraged and supported? This was the focus of recent DFE research into best practice. This study reviewed the existing evidence from interventions that aimed to support and improve parental engagement in the education of children aged 5 to 19, and which also reported on educational outcomes.
Parent voice: school meals and packed lunches
A school lunch or a packed lunch? What lunch arrangements do our national’s parents make for their children? To discover the answers the School Food Trust has just carried out a survey of a nationally representative cross-section of 1,000 parents of school age children to understand more fully why parents choose school lunches or packed lunches for their children.