Coronavirus: Pupil & Teacher Mental Health

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched the Wellbeing for Education Return programme in England. The training programme, starting in September and run by mental health experts, aims to help schools improve how they respond to the emotional impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their pupils and staff.   Find out more > […]

Coronavirus: returning to school; children with SEND

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published two blogs on the return of children to school and supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) on their return to school. The Commissioner talks about: the effect being out of school has had on some SEND children and young people, including a loss of support […]

Coronavirus: challenges facing schools and pupils in September 2020

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has published a report on the challenges facing schools and pupils in England in September 2020. Findings from the report, based on interviews from around 3,000 school leaders across 2,200 primary and secondary schools, include: an estimation that the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers had increased […]

Coronavirus: online safety and returning to school

The UK Safer Internet Centre reports on a range of new content on BBC Own It to help young people return to learning. The content includes videos and articles on topics including dealing with mean comments, reconnecting with friends, posting photos safely and back-to-school bedtime routines. BBC Own It have also produced an app which […]

Children’s social care exemptions extended after consultation

The Department for Education has extended a handful of controversial exemptions to children’s social care regulations until March 2021 following a public consultation. The extended relaxations of legislation around safeguards and protections to vulnerable children will allow medical reports on prospective foster carers and adopters to be approved at a later date and permit visits […]

Kickstart scheme: Care leavers ‘should be at the front of the queue’ for jobs

Care leavers should be “at the front of the queue” for jobs offered through the government’s new £2bn Kickstart scheme, ministers have said. The scheme which launches today gives employers the opportunity to offer young people on Universal Credit state-subsidised work placements offers businesses £1,500 to set up support and training for those on the […]

Ofsted: visits to local authorities and children’s social care providers to resume

Ofsted has announced that it will begin visits to local authorities and children’s social care providers in England from September 2020. Ofsted has updated the framework and guidance setting out arrangements for focused visits in light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and updated the guidance on assurance visits to children’s social care providers […]

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children arriving in Kent

Community Care reports that Border Force has taken responsibility for the care of new unaccompanied asylum-seeking children crossing the Channel into Kent after the local authority said it could no longer accommodate arrivals. The children and young people are staying at the Border Force intake centre in Dover until they can be transferred to other […]

Coronavirus: internet access and allocation of laptops to vulnerable children

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published data from the Department for Education (DfE) on the allocation of devices and 4G hotspots to disadvantaged children during lockdown shows that 200,000 devices and 50,000 routers were available, meaning that 37% of eligible children could not be allocated a device. Just over a third of disadvantaged children […]

Coronavirus: child and adolescent to parent violence- Research Report

Researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester have published a report looking at families experiencing child and adolescent to parent violence (C/APV) during the coronavirus pandemic. Findings from an online survey of 104 parents who have experienced C/APV from their child aged 10-19 years and 47 practitioners who work with families […]