Child file: Addressing the impact of domestic violence
Children and young people from violent homes can be very creative in their methods of coping and concealing the domestic violence they experience. The materials in this Child file will help raise awareness of the issue in school and help leaders identify gaps in provision.
The experiences of a young carer
Until recently, little attention was paid to young carers in schools. Joshua Francis gives us a moving personal account of what it means to be a young carer and how the professionals can help ease the burden.
Improving children’s speech and language through a culture of communication
Ensuring all children become proficient communicators is crucial to outcomes, but only possible in a culture where their voices are heard and valued. Sonia Blandford and Catherine Knowles explore a few ways this can be achieved in early years and primary settings.
Aiming higher with Achievement for All – a special school’s view
Despite Ofsted rating her special school as ‘outstanding’, headteacher Dame Sue Bourne knew there was more to be done to engage pupils’ parents and improve outcomes. Here, she shares her experiences working with Achievement for All towards this very aim, and describes some of the rewards of the charity’s ambitious approach.
Achievement for all: Making the vision a reality
Achievement for All’s unique approach is already helping thousands of schools nationwide realise their vision of a vibrant, inclusive learning environment for children of all cultures, abilities and disabilities. How do they do it? In her first article for Every Child Journal, the charity’s founder and CEO Sonia Blandford presents a step-by-step guide to bringing about whole-school change that is truly transformational.
Supporting healthy transitions to adult life
What works when it comes to helping young people become healthy, responsible adults? Jamila Boughelaf explains how the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions, under new management by Mentor, the UK’s national and leading charity dedicated to preventing drug and alcohol misuse among young people, is giving teachers the resources they need to reduce risky behaviour.
What’s happened to the SEN reform?
Just over a year ago, the new SEND system was rushed into schools nationwide. Since then, parents of pupils with SEND have been subjected to missed deadlines, confused practice and misinformation at a critical stage in their child’s life. Parent advocate Tania Tirraoro reflects on a troubling year.
Children as victims of domestic violence
For many years, children have been considered to be witnesses of domestic violence but not victims. Gradually, opinions are changing and the true impact on children is now acknowledged. In this feature, Suzanne O’Connell outlines the latest research findings and how they’re addressing the issue in some parts of the country.
SEN and the new Ofsted framework
With the new Ofsted framework for inspection comes a renewed emphasis on safeguarding and on progress and outcomes for all pupils, including those with special educational needs. How will provision be judged? We pick out the key points for leaders.
Document highlights: Draft guidance on FGM
The government has produced the guidance ‘Draft Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation.’ The information is aimed at all those who have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We summarise its key points.