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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...

You cannot be serious… Yes, I have to own that I had a so-called John McEnroe moment last month, although this was a silent John McEnroe moment as I work in an open plan office and as a leader I have to be aware of the shadow I cast. It would be most unbecoming if I were to have a good old stomp and...

On Outdoor Classroom Day on Thursday 17 May children and teachers in kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools, afterschool programmes, colleges and even a few universities (and lots of homeschoolers) in more than 100 countries will enjoy the experience of playing and learning outdoors. Many...

I feel both excited and honoured to be representing ADCS colleagues at a national level and to have the opportunity to give voice to some of the challenges that face children, young people and their families, not forgetting those facing the staff who are called on to support them. I can't recall a time...

Esther McVey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, says that teenagers should be encouraged to take up Saturday and after-school jobs to help them develop a work ethic. I'm not against this in principle - both my wife and I had jobs when we were at school, as did our children and, as a long-time advocate...

This week our 0-25 Together Service organised their safeguarding conference "More than Protection" focusing on children and young adults with disabilities. The messages we all went away with were really inspiring! Dez Holmes from RiP/RiPFA spoke passionately about transitional safeguarding not just referring...

Growing up with an alcoholic parent can have a devastating effect on a child. There is an increasing body of evidence examining how experiences during childhood have long term effects on our health. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful experiences occurring through childhood that...

Most of the recent domestic political rhetoric has related to the crises in the NHS and in adult social care. I'm not minimising those - there are increased costs for both, with an ageing population and more things to go wrong as people live longer. But services for children, both universal and targeted,...

On 1 April, Birmingham Children's Trust was born, after what has been a long and challenging gestation! I joined Birmingham City Council in August, tasked initially with getting the Trust to the start line for an April launch. Mission (more or less) accomplished - 1,900 staff TUPE-transferred into the...