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It looks like it's going to be a busy period for the ADCS standards, performance & inspection (SPI) policy committee. Just before Christmas, Ofsted announced its new themes for Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI). These themes, in case you missed them, are going to be early help and prevention, children's...

The turn of the New Year is a time for many to look back at the previous year and also to look ahead to future challenges. I've been considering this recently, whilst thinking about the complexity of working with children, young people and families, and how it's possible to develop a culture where we...

I'm always amazed at how the stories written by Enid Blyton retain their appeal down the generations. The ways of life and modes of behaviour they reflect are entirely alien to the majority of children growing up today and yet something about the characters and their relationships seems to endure. I've...

I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year after what I hope was a rejuvenating Christmas break. Many of you will have kept up with the tradition of choosing a New Year's resolution whether it be getting back into the gym or taking time to read that book that's been sitting collecting dust. As...

I gave up the idea of new year resolutions a long time ago and 40 per cent of people give up their resolutions within a fortnight. Setting yourself a resolution is the quickest way to madness. When I decide I won't drink any wine for a week, all I think about is wine. If I decide not to eat chocolate,...

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What to expect in 2019

03 January 2019

Last November saw the mid-point between Welsh Assembly elections, and offered us the chance to take stock of what had been achieved in the political area to further the cause of child protection in the two-and-a-half years since the last election. Before Wales went to the polls on 5 May 2016 we developed...

If you are willing to be led by children's curiosity, then you find yourself wandering down many new learning paths. My 12-year-old nephew shifted my knowledge of Lego onto a new plane last week when he introduced me to the Lego Story. I discovered (what I should have known) that Lego is Latin for the...

Having recently had our special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision inspected by the Care Quality Commission and Ofsted, and received a report to be proud of, I thought I would reflect on whether the "biggest education reforms in a generation for young people with special educational...

I am always pleased to be invited to speak about things that matter to me such as social enterprise and the business of childcare, child poverty, pedagogy and wider early years issues such as child obesity or supporting inclusive workplaces. It's always good to come away and see what other places are...

"One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. What matters is the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child" - Forest E Witcraft. I should...