Child File: 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 users guide to the new Ofsted Framework for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators.
The future of safeguarding in schools
Schools are expected to play a key role in keeping children safe. But, says Kate Fitch, other education reforms will weaken their ability to protect children.
Demonstrating value for money
With local authorities facing debilitating cuts, services will be under greater pressure than ever to demonstrate value for money. Claire Easton looks at a body of research showing how services can evaluate early intervention approaches to demonstrate business effectiveness.
Ready for school
Blackpool has one of the highest levels of deprivation in the UK. So could an early years initiative aimed at helping severely disadvantaged children get ready for school pay off? Sarah Lambert looks at a project with some remarkable results.
New kids on the block
Attending an early years’ group can be a psychological minefield, with one in five mothers becoming ‘group-phobic’ after just a couple of experiences. Dr Sue Jones looks at why the first few minutes of someone walking through the door is so crucial.
Information and early intervention
The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) aims to safeguard Devon’s children and families by sharing information and intelligence across safeguarding agencies. That’s the theory. Simon Holmes explains how Devon put it into practice.
The wellbeing index
It’s time for Government to adopt wellbeing measures if it is to get to grips with improving the lot of the most disadvantaged children. Elaine Hindal makes the case for using these measures as a basis for a campaign for improving childhood.
Operation safer schools
In recent years the police have become increasingly involved in schools through the Safer Schools Partnership. But what has been their impact? Shona Macleod investigates.
Almost four out of ten teenage mothers have no qualifications and are at risk of becoming NEET. But a new programme aims to tackle both issues by teaming up at-risk teenagers with vulnerable children. Diana Whitmore makes the case for a novel project.
Taking on bullying from within
How can educators and professionals in health and social services train children and young people to act as peer supporters, to protect vulnerable individuals from being bullied and to create a more positive climate in their schools? Helen Cowie looks at the evidence.