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  • Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) have collaborated with specialists from the PSHE Association and Girlguiding to take terrorism safety advice into the UK’s classrooms and youth organisations for the first time.......

  • In 2015 the NSPCC, in partnership with O2, launched the Net Aware tool to provide parents with useful information about the most popular sites, apps and games used by young......

  • YouGov survey highlights lack of preparedness among school staff to help prevent suicide among children and young people PAPYRUS launches Save The #ClassOf2018 for World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)......

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Girls ‘better at co-operating on problems’ (21/11/2017)

 

When young people study or take exams the results are usually about rewarding their individual achievement. But when they get into the workplace they will be told about the importance of social skills . . . and the need to co-operate with other people on solving problems. So are school systems out of step with what is needed by young people? PISA, which compares students’ abilities in reading, maths and science, has now carried out the world’s first global tests on collaborative problem-solving skills.
Full story: BBC

‘Working-class children get less of everything in education – including respect’ (21/11/2017)

 

When Diane Reay, Cambridge University professor of education, started researching her book about working class children’s experiences of education, she had no idea just how much inequality she would . . . uncover in state schools today. “The most important thing I found out was that we are still educating different social classes for different functions in society.” She expected to find the English state system was providing roughly the same education for all. “But it doesn’t. Even within a comprehensive school, when they’re all in the same building, the working classes are still getting less education than the middle classes, just as they had when my dad was at school at the beginning of the 20th century.”
Full story: Guardian

Family courts are a revolving door for too many parents (20/11/2017)

 

How do we upgrade the family justice system so that it disrupts patterns of family violence, drug abuse and mental distress, which blight children’s lives, at great human cost and expense to the . . . taxpayer? These behaviours of violence, drug abuse and mental distress are passed down from generation to generation. They are amplified by traumatic childhoods, social isolation and social injustice. Standard care proceedings fail to address them.
Full story: Guardian

More than nine out of 10 schools set for budget cuts, warn unions (20/11/2017)

 

More than nine out of 10 schools will have seen their budgets cut by 2019/20, according to figures compiled by five unions. The figures show that 91 per cent or 17,942 schools will have seen or are . . . due to experience a real-terms per pupil budget cut between 2015/16 and 2019/20. The calculations are based on Department for Education data and were made for the School Cuts website, which is operated by the GMB, the National Association of Head Teachers, the National Education Union, Unison and Unite.
Full story: Children and Young People Now

Stop, Speak, Support when you see online bullying

 

The Stop, Speak, Support campaign has been created in response to 11-16 year olds saying that while they enjoy social media, games and online forums, that it is the only area of their lives that they feel does not have clear expectations or standards of behaviour they should all adhere to. Stop, Speak, Support aims to help young people spot . . . cyberbullying and know what steps they can take to stop it happening and provide support to the person being bullied. Website

Contact – For Families with Disabled Children

 

We support families with the best possible guidance and information. We bring families together to support each other. And we help families to campaign, volunteer and fundraise to improve life for themselves and others.

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Digital Citizenship: Young Peoples’ Rights on Social Media

 

In today’s increasingly digital world, it’s more important than ever that our young people are able to understand and feel in control of their online rights. But more often than not, they’re not even aware that they even have any. The Children’s Commissioner for England, working with Tes and Schillings, have produced three teaching packs to help . . . young people become more empowered digital citizens. Relevant to citizenship and computing curriculums around the world, these packs include lesson ideas and simplified T&Cs for five major social media sites. So why not take a look and add another dimension to the way you speak to students about the opportunities that the internet, and particularly social media, have to offer? Website

Pause

 

Pause works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care. Through an intense programme of support, it aims to break this cycle and give women the opportunity to reflect, tackle destructive patterns of behaviour, and to develop new skills and responses that can help them create a more positive . . . future. Website