The cost of caring
Are schools doing enough for young carers? Anthony McCaul looks at research showing that not only are young carers taking responsibility at home, they are also being neglected at school.
Drugs: a matter of lifestyle?
References to drugs and alcohol in music, on television and in magazines are a staple part of children’s cultural diet. But are some children more likely to heed these voices than others? Siobhan Farmer reports.
Getting boys reading
With three quarters of all schools expressing concern about boys’ reading, the National Literacy Trust, with the All Party Parliamentary Literacy Group launched a national commission into boys’ literacy earlier this year. Jane Woodley reports on its findings.
Tackling eating disorders in school
Eating disorders can have devastating consequences on children’s health and relationships. Schools are both ill-equipped and well placed to help children at all stages of the experience. Mary George looks at what schools can do to tackle the issues.
Communication and the Policy agenda
Over a million children have speech, language and communication needs and the impact on their development is startling. Clare Geldard analyses an issue that is racing up the policy agenda.
Coping with child violence
Children who use drugs and alcohol can behave unpredictably and even violently towards their parents. Oliver Standing describes the abuse suffered by parents and outlines what needs to be done to help support these families.
Fit for School
Child obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. Not only can it seriously affect children’s health and life expectancy, but it can also undermine their self-esteem and leave them at risk of bullying and exclusion. Sue Wright describes how an NHS trust in Somerset has worked with primary schools to tackle the issue.
Protecting the ethical basis of education
Teaching is a vocation driven by a principled desire to help children make the most of their lives. But is the pressure to achieve results creating a system that puts economics before education? Dr. Ruth Heilbronn warns that Government policy is losing sight of the moral purpose of teaching.
Bringing quality to alternative educational provision
An overwhelming number of children in alternative education provision have high levels of special educational needs, and the service they receive must take account of their individual circumstances. Kerry Martin and Richard White identify some of the issues and ways forward.