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School trips are unlucky victim of efficiency drives

The squeeze is on for anything that does not appear immediately important. For colleges, enrichment funding is being slashed. This is funding that has contributed to a wide range of important discretionary activity, from sport to family education.

Progress in joint working must go on

The decision last week to strip the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) of government funding will inevitably raise concerns that any genuine "development" of the workforce will stall. A plan for how the Department for Education intends to take forward the quango's work is yet to be articulated.

Policy into practice: Back-to-school costs

The issue: More than half of parents in the UK cannot afford the costs of sending their children back to school, according to a survey conducted by Save the Children and Family Action.

Inspecting home educators is fair

Graham Badman's review of home education has created an unrivalled storm of protest on CYP Now's online discussion forums in the past couple of months. Scores of parents are livid at his proposals.

The joys of sex should be explained

Earlier this year, the government confirmed its intention to make sex education compulsory in schools as part of the introduction of personal, social and health education to the National Curriculum.

Why should the young have to conform?

I have just read Helen Reddington's book The Lost Women of Rock Music, which traces what happened to the influx of female musicians who entered the business in the 1970s and early 80s.

Prevention is far better than any cure

A preventive approach to support for children and young people has emerged as a clear priority within the reconfigured Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Youth employability is reliant on a jobs market

The youth unemployment figures - over one million and rising - were not unexpected, but are intensely worrying. The national figure is bad enough, but the regional variation means that in some areas there is a real danger of endemic long-term unemployment.

It's time to respect children's rights

You wait ages for one 20th anniversary, then three come along at once. We've just marked the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 1989 Children Act. And this week it is 20 years since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child came into existence.

Education is the antidote to racism

The bear-baiting of British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin in his recent appearance on Question Time did nothing to advance race relations in our country.

The next commissioner needs bite

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has fired the starting gun to recruit a children's commissioner for England to succeed Sir Al Aynsley-Green early next year.

Policy into practice Sexual bullying

THE ISSUE Tackling bullying is raised consistently as a key priority when children and young people are asked for their views. There is little doubt that bullying has risen up the political agenda in recent times.

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