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RIAs, RAAs, PiPs, NAO, NCER, CHAT, SPLAT OK I made up at least one of those acronyms. But the theme that I want to talk about in this blog is co-operation which is inherent in all of the acronyms that I haven't made up. As directors of children's services there is a temptation to look at our neighbours...

As with so much in life you learn a lot from your children. It was only when my eldest son wound up his Everquest game by selling his virtual trousers for 150 real dollars that I realised this world was very much part of the real world. And my youngest son helped me to understand that the friendships...

Stephen Manderson (AKA Professor Green), who is patron of the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) and scooped the MIND ‘Making a Difference' National Award in 2016, has made several thoughtful, empathetic, and relevant documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 on important topics such as mental...

As in all other regions the North East ADCS group has been investing considerable time developing a regional sector-led improvement (SLI) approach that we hope will have a real impact in the region. Having made the mistake of missing a meeting I found myself ‘volunteered' to take a lead on SLI within...

I was very pleased to be invited as a guest to the 2018 Pre-school Learning Alliance conference. The subject was one that currently keeps me up at night; wellbeing of children and staff. Neil Leitch gave a powerful and eloquent speech setting out the issues.  Neil, like me, never minces his words,...

‘We lay the foundations so they can soar', said Anna, our retiring Virtual School Head, this week at her leaving do. Like so many of our staff in East Sussex, and across local government, Anna has dedicated her life to supporting kids who have had complex and challenging lives, those who operate on the...

It's January 2018 and Lisa Pascoe, Ofsted's deputy director, social care, is addressing a conference about the new inspection framework for local authority children's services. She's careful to emphasise that the new framework will be proportionate to each authority, that "good" authorities will receive...

Significant changes are being made into how sex education will be taught in schools in Wales. The Welsh Government is introducing a new curriculum in 2022 and one of the new areas of learning and experience (AoLE) will be health and wellbeing, which will replace the existing way sex and relationships...

There is a lively debate afoot about consultation. It broke at the Firm Foundations and has now hit twitter so risks turning into 140 character soundbites. It has come from a discussion about the government's action on the manifesto promise to reduce the complexity of the Early Years Pupil Profile...

In April, the Department for Education launched a call for evidence on elective home education (EHE). I don't know if other colleagues have yet had time to read the consultation paper. It was my badly chosen bedtime reading. I was still awake at 2am asking the question: where is the logic in a system...