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DCS is a role like no other

  • Thursday, May 26, 2022
I find myself writing this blog at a strange time – two days before I am due to leave Northumberland County Council to take up the director of children’s services (DCS) role in Newcastle City Council.

Why we can’t turn our back on EdTech

Despite its overwhelmingly devastating impact for many across the world, many moments of connection, progress and collaboration were discovered amongst Covid-related disruption.

A hammer and anvil analogy for early help

  • Friday, April 29, 2022
As director of children’s services (DCS) for one of the 75 areas eligible for the Family Hubs and Start for Life programme, I am pleased that the importance of the first 1001 days is being supported in a whole family systems approach.

The need for early age-appropriate RSE

  • Friday, April 29, 2022
In my work as programme and training manager for relationships and sex education (RSE) at Coram Life Education charity, I regularly hear from distressed primary school teachers who feel under-equipped to deal with the increasingly urgent issues of misogyny, sexism and sexual harassment in schools.

Save our staff: child ratios

  • Friday, April 22, 2022
In 2013, then Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education) Elizabeth Truss decided to pursue a plan to reduce staff:child ratios.

Plenty on the horizon

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2022
I am pleased and proud to continue to chair the ADCS Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee.

Receiving the baton at full pace

  • Tuesday, April 5, 2022
By the time that you read this, the machinery of ADCS will have worked its magic and the baton that Charlotte handed over to me in her last blog will be firmly gripped in my paws.