Sport can be a brilliant way for children to develop sensory co-ordination - as well as lasting friendships. Sandy Eifon-Jones looks at ways of involving children with disability in fun physical activity within mainstream schools.
Most schools take a half-hearted stab at careers-education with their teenage students. But a new government-funded programme, Headstart, says higher education needs to be promoted at primary-level. Gavin Bradshaw shares his research on the project.
Staying together: how indirect contact keeps children in touch with their fathers.
Many children understand that family in-fghting means they can’t meet their father. But not receiving a birthday card can be heartbreaking. Salli Ward and Katherine Small explain, through a case study, how their charity Pro-Contact uses letters and pictures to encourage meaningful family relationships.
Professionals must be given more time to listen to children. The Social Work Taskforce was set up by the government to do something very difficult. Its mission is to improve the quality and status of the social work profession in both adult and child services, boost recruitment and retention.
At the moment, permanent exclusion is a death knell for young people. But the ‘Youth Achievement Foundation’ in Macclesfeld is trying to turn that around with its vocational focus. Eliza Vogel-Sharron reports.
We’re all supposed to be keeping up with the latest government thinking. But there’s just not enough time. That’s why Raspal Singh-Chima and Lucy Busuttil summarise the surveys, reports and government policy changes you need to brief yourself on in every issue of Every Child journal.
Hearing young children’s voices in the common assessment framework: There are more ways for children to express their needs than just talking. Sonia Mainstone-Cotton and Dr Janet Rose report.
The Every Child Matters agenda demands that agencies work together. But how? Philippa Sully shares what she thinks the barriers are – and how to overcome them.
Chosen by the Foundation Stage Forum as product of the month SALLEY is both a prevention and intervention programme designed to teach thephonological awareness skills that are fundamental to developing reading and spelling. SALLEY’s primary aim is to enable and enhance the acquisition of literacy skills (i.e. to make it easier for children to learn to read and spell through promoting phonological awareness).
What difference has the Every Child Matters agenda made so far? Christine Hough shares her research findings.
Looked After children can have ten social workers at a time and are often shipped to a new children’s home every year. But a new model being piloted - ‘Social Pedagogy’ – is claimed to give children stability and security. Martin Thomas reports.
At the moment, permanent exclusion is a death knell for young people. But the Youth Achievement Foundation in Macclesfield is trying to turn that around with its vocational focus. Eliza Vogel-Sharron reports.
Is it time to change the way we organise children’s care? Michelle Shewring explores the benefits of looking after children in mixed age group environments as a way of accelerating development.
With the growing government emphasis on inclusion, the role of special schools has become marginalised in education policy. Yet for many children, inclusion in the mainstream is a route to failure.
There can be many challenges in working effectively with refugee and asylum seeking families, but when those families are at the end of the asylum process, refused asylum and without permission to work or claim benefits, those challenges become far greater. Here, Lisa Nandy explores new ways of working with families in the Midlands, who have been made destitute by the asylum process.
The traditional attitude that says we should hide death from toddlers causes life-long emotional problems, says Liz Koole. She reports on her counselling group for bereaved preschoolers and their parents.
Are primary school breakfast clubs everything they’re cracked up to be? Sue Yardley reports on practitioner research carried out in Kensington and Chelsea.