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Parents giving children alcohol too young, researchers say (15/12/2017)

Parents could be storing up problems for their children by introducing them to alcohol too young and ordering takeaways too often, researchers warn. Two universities found that one in six parents gives their children alcohol by the age of 14, when their body and brain are not yet fully developed. Many parents may believe they are acting responsibly - but that's not backed up by research, experts said. Regular takeaways were a risk to the heart, a separate study said.

Full story: BBC

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‘The next thing I knew, my unborn child had a social worker’ (15/12/2017)

I was nineteen when I fell pregnant with Cody. Despite everything I’d been through in my childhood, including being taken into care at the age of 10, I knew that I had what it takes to be a good parent. My experience of being in care wasn’t great and there was no way that I would let that happen to any child of mine. I still don’t know how children’s services found out that I was pregnant. When I was fifteen weeks my support worker phoned and asked if she could see me. That’s when things started to go wrong. Instead of offering support it felt like she was constantly issuing threats. I was living on £200 a month at that point and I wanted to start saving some of that money to buy things for the baby. I asked her food vouchers. Her response was that if I carried on like that I would end up having my child taken away

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Greening pledges £23m to help poor pupils with talent (14/12/2017)

Education Secretary Justine Greening is to announce a £23m fund to support bright children from poorer backgrounds in England whose talent might otherwise be "wasted". The aim is to reverse a trend in which bright poor pupils are overtaken in school by less able wealthier children. It will be part of a relaunched social mobility strategy. Labour's Angela Rayner said the plans were "rhetoric" against a background of funding cuts and lower real-terms pay.

Full story: BBC

CYP Now

Spit hood use on children more than doubles (13/12/2017)

Instances of the controversial practice of police using spit hoods on children have risen dramatically this year, according to figures obtained by the Children's Rights Alliance for England (Crae). Spit hoods, which are designed to prevent people spitting at police officers when they have been taken into custody, were used on at least 68 children in England in the first nine months of 2017, figures obtained by Crae through a Freedom of Information request show.

Full story: Children and Young People Now

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Weakest schools struggle with teacher 'burnout' (13/12/2017)

Ofsted is warning of a hard core of persistently underachieving schools in England which struggle to recruit teachers and keep head teachers. The watchdog's annual report says there are about 100 schools which have not reached "good" status in inspections since 2005. Ofsted chief Amanda Spielman's report says despite "attention and investment" the schools had not improved. But heads' leader Geoff Barton said Ofsted could be part of the problem.

Full story: BBC

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Councils 'not doing enough' to tackle domestic abuse, says Ofsted (13/12/2017)

Ofsted has criticised children's services' response to domestic abuse, saying social workers are too focused on victims and need to do more to tackle perpetrators and prevent abusive behaviour. The inspectorate's 2017 annual report says domestic abuse is the most common factor in the lives of children who need social care support, but while victim support is strong, prevention work is underdeveloped.

Full story: Children and Young People Now

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Ofsted slams treatment of SEND pupils across mainstream schools (13/12/2017)

Ofsted has condemned the "unacceptable" treatment of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by mainstream schools. The inspectorate's 2017 annual report states that in some cases informal exclusions are taking place, with parents being asked by head teachers to keep children at home as schools are unable to effectively support them. Formal exclusions of SEND children with challenging behaviour is high in a third of areas, said Ofsted.

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Deprivation an indicator in some ratings according to Ofsted research (13/12/2017)

Local authority areas with the lowest levels of deprivation are more likely to get higher overall effectiveness judgements, according to suggestions in Ofsted’s latest annual report. Early research by the regulator suggests that less deprived local authority areas were more likely to be rated ‘good’ and less likely to be rated ‘requires improvement’. However, all those judged ‘outstanding’ were found in the mid-range or ‘more deprived’ areas, and Ofsted noted no direct relationship between levels of deprivation and those authorities judged ‘inadequate’

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Daily Mail

Ofsted chief warns of rising number of 'highly conservative' faith schools (13/12/2017)

A rising number of religious schools are actively undermining British values, with children exposed to 'sexist and sectarian' books, the head of Ofsted has warned. Amanda Spielman, the watchdog's chief inspector, said 'shared values and tolerance clash with community expectations' in some parts of the country. Figures show 58% of the 160 independent Muslim schools inspected are either inadequate or require improvement, more than 80 schools nationwide. Meanwhile 54% of the 60 independent Jewish schools fall in the same bottom two categories and 33% or the 110 independent Christian schools.

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Primary school headteachers told to 'celebrate' transgender issues in the classroom to combat prejudice among pupils (13/12/2017)

Primary school head teachers are being told to include books featuring transgender parents on the curriculum. Guidance from the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) says ‘trans perspectives’ must be visible in the classroom to combat prejudice among pupils. The advice, endorsed by the Government and Ofsted, is expected to be rolled out in primaries across the country. It tells schools to ensure books featuring ‘trans parents’ or ‘celebrating gender identity and difference’ are included in the curriculum for pupils aged four to 11. And it advocates ‘gender neutral phrasing’ for dress codes, asking schools to ensure uniform rules ‘avoid gender stereotypes’.

Full story: Daily Mail