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Calls for English smacking ban

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  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020
On Saturday, Scotland brought into force a law that ensured children receive the same protection from physical assault as adults.

Learning from Ofsted focussed visits

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  • Monday, November 9, 2020
Inevitably, I was on a zoom call when I received the phone call. We had been expecting it since the start of term – Ofsted were coming to Newham for a focused visit.

The case for kinship care

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  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020
There are currently around 78,000 children in local authority care in England, an increase of 28 per cent in the past decade.

Our common ground

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  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Being human, means that we are very likely to encounter challenges as we go through life.

Volunteering on a wave

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  • Monday, October 26, 2020
The arrival of autumn has felt like a good time to do some personal and professional reflection.

Introducing the National Tutoring Programme

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  • Monday, October 26, 2020
Despite the inspiring efforts of teachers and school leaders since March, the impact of coronavirus on learning has been severe, particularly on children from low income families.

Give a little bit of yourself

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  • Monday, October 19, 2020
In common with many other directors of children’s services (DCSs), I do a monthly blog as part of a newsletter that goes out to all children’s services employees in my local authority.

Additions to our toolkit

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  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020
I am sure we all agree that we are currently living in unprecedented times, impacting on our vulnerable families, children, and young people possibly more than any other group of people.

No shoes to buckle

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  • Monday, October 5, 2020
I recently chaired a discussion with Neil Leitch from Early Years Alliance and Liz Bayram from Pacey for the Childcare Expo.