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Advertising your childcare vacancies

As you may be aware, FYi (Barnet’s families and young people’s information service) is the first point of contact for many people looking for childcare.

The service that FYi offers to promote your service is FREE.

Since 1 October 2013, Barnet has not been publishing data separately for early years and childcare job vacancies. If you are a registered childcare provider and you wish to advertise an early years/childcare job vacancy please contact or telephone 020 8359 4444 for further information.

Help us to help you, by keeping in touch. Please inform FYi of any changes to your opening times, cost, email addresses or contact details as and when they change.

If you have any queries, or would like further information please call our freephone number 0800 389 8312 or email us

Publication date: 3 September 2014

Support for childcare providers

CBiS offer childcare business improvement services to organisations working in the childcare and early education sector.

Their aim is to help childcare providers improve their business skills and experience, and show how good business practice leads to even better childcare quality.

CBiS has previously worked with registered childcare providers in Barnet running workshops to help support their business.

Childcare providers can subscribe for free to CBiS blog and website to receive free information, resources and insights into business excellence in early years.

To find out more information visit the CBiS web page.

Publication date: 3 September 2014

Working with children and young people careers fair- volunteering, jobs, training and apprenticeship opportunities

The London Borough of Barnet and its partners invite you to join us at this year’s careers fair. Pop-in anytime between 10am and 3.30pm and speak to a range of employers about local opportunities for volunteering, training, apprenticeships and jobs. We look forward to welcoming you there.

  • Venue: Royal Air Force
    (RAF) Museum
    Grahame Park Way
    London NW9 5LL
  • Date: Thursday 20 March 2014
  • Time: 10am – 3.30pm
  • How to get there: there is plenty of parking
    available at the RAF Museum
    and it is accessible via tube
    (Colindale Station) and bus 303,
    which stops outside the gate.

For more information contact Gail Williamson: tel: 020 8359 6389 or email:

A flyer is also available about this event.

Publication date: 17 February 2014

School Nursing Service Consultation with Schools

School's are invited to attend a local event as part of the review of School Nursing Services in Barnet on Monday 20 January in the Oak Room at North London Business Park, Barnet 10am -1pm

See here for more information.

Please note: Deadline for response has been extended to Friday 17 January 2014

Publication date: 8 January 2014

Update of childcare provider contact details

For the attention of all Childcare providers


Please be advised that we are contacting childcare providers to ask them to inform FYi of their current contact details. This is to ensure the council’s database and online Childcare Directory is up to date in accordance with Section 12 of the Childcare Act.   Thank you for your assistance. 

Publication date: 6 January 2014

Customer and Support Group (CSG) Bulletin-Schools

Welcome to the first issue of CSG Bulletin for Schools.

In this issue, you get to meet our new Schools Services Manager and learn a bit more about CSG. The special focus this month is on HR. There’s lots of useful information and tips on how to manage HR in your school.

When you’ve finished reading the bulletin, get in touch and let us know what you think. This is your bulletin, so let’s make sure we cover the topics that are relevant to you.

To download the issue click here.

Natasha Dodds (Barnet Partnership) 

Publication date: 14 November 2013

Safeguarding Month 2013

Safeguarding Month 2013 - book your place at events now.

This year’s Safeguarding Month, running throughout November, includes the launch of a brand new way of working to protect children in Barnet and a talk by the author of the Serious Case Review into Daniel Pelka, the child who died in Coventry as a result of abuse by  his mother and her partner.  

Safeguarding month begins  at 9.30am on Monday 4 November with the launch of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). The MASH marks a new way of working to safeguard & offer early support to vulnerable children by co-locating social workers with representatives from the police, health, education, housing, probation, early intervention, adult services & other relevant agencies in one room at NLBP. The MASH model was developed nationally as a result of repeat concerns regarding poor communication and joint working in many serious cases reviews, such as the death of Victoria Climbie and Baby P. 

The launch event includes an introduction from Kate Kennally, Director for People, and presentation by Detective Superintendent Dick Henson of the Metropolitan Police who has responsibility for implementing the  ‘MASH’ across  authorities in London. All staff are welcome to attend and there is no need to book. The event takes place in Conference Room 1, Building  2 of NLBP.  

Later in the month, on Tuesday 26 November, Ron Lock will present two talks entitled ‘Believing the Unbelievable’, looking at the signs that were missed in the case of Daniel Pelka and other serious cases and what can be learnt for the future. This is also open to all staff, and takes place in the Oak Room. There will be two sessions, in the morning and afternoon, on the day.  

In addition, two ‘express’ safeguarding training sessions are running, which help attendees to identify safeguarding concerns and know how to respond. These are always popular, so make sure you arrive early to get a place.  

Ann Graham, Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care, is leading the organisation on the month-long series of events. Ann said: “Each year, there is a real appetite across the organisation for Safeguarding Month and, I believe, a real recognition that safeguarding is the business of everyone who works for Barnet.  

“What I really hope people get out of this month is the importance of looking out for the signs and triggers that someone vulnerable may be suffering abuse, and not necessarily in the most obvious sense. What this month shows is the breadth of issues covered by safeguarding and how important it is for all of us to stay vigilant.”  

Click here for the full timetable of events

Publication date: 1 November 2013

Introduction to the Family Support and Early Intervention Division

Induction sessions for practitioners Practitioners are invited to meet with members of the Family Support and Early Intervention (FS&EI) Team to hear about who we are; the work we do around early intervention and early help for children and families and how we can work in partnership to deliver a range of services to support families.

The team is one of the Divisions within Barnet’s Children’s Service and is responsible for leading on prevention, intervention and early help.

Services we offer include: the Intensive Family Focus Team; the Safer Families Domestic Violence Project; support around use of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF); Children’s Centres; early years childcare packages; business support to childcare providers and grant funding of additional early intervention services.

If you would like to book a place please make a booking on line via: 

 Date  Time  Venue Managers
22 Oct 2013 10–11.30am North London Business Park, Building 4, Shannon Rm  Michaela Carlowe/Sue Hillsden
12 Dec 2013 2-3.30pm North London Business Park, Building 4, Shannon Rm Jody Nason/Jenny Stevens
5 Feb 2014 10-11.30am North London Business Park, Building 4, Shannon Rm  Jody Nason/Jenny Stevens
3 April 2014 2 – 3.30pm North London Business Park, Building 4, Shannon Rm  Michaela Carlowe/Stuart Collins
24 June 2014  10 – 11.30am North London Business Park, Building 4, Shannon Rm  Sue Hillsden/Karin Ridout
17 Sept 2014  2 – 3.30pm North London Business Park, Building 4, Shannon Rm (room tbc) Stuart Collins/Karin Ridout
25 Nov 2014  10 – 11.30pm North London Business Park, Building 4, Shannon Rm (room tbc) Michaela Carlowe/Sue Hillsden

Michaela Carlowe
Multi-Agency Support Manager
0208 359 7640
On behalf of the Family Support, Early Intervention Management Team

Publication date: 3 October 2013

Early Education Capital Grant funding

Early Education Capital Grant funding is now available for childcare providers within Barnet that offer early education and childcare .

The aim of the capital grant funding is to create and increase capacity to provide two year old scheme spaces. Higher priority will be given to applications that create the greatest number of new two year old scheme places.  

To apply for funding, you must:

  • be a Ofsted registered childcare provider in Barnet
  • registered or be willing to register for the Two Year Old Scheme
  • have received an Ofsted grade of Good or Outstanding (in the most recent inspection of your provision) or a satisfactory grade but already participating in the Two Year Old scheme.    

Please follow the link to apply:

Publication date: 1 August 2013

Early intervention and prevention services

Acting now, before problems occur or get worse, will help strengthen families, build confidence and skills and enable children and young people to achieve their full potential.

We have commissioned a number of providers to deliver early intervention and prevention support to children, young people and their families across the borough. We are also offering support and training to Barnet’s childcare providers and play settings.

Find out more on the dedicated web page.


Publication date: 30 July 2013

News update - 21 June 2013

Below are a range of recent reports/guidance/consultation items that will be of interest to practitioners who work with children in Barnet.


'It is absolutely behind us': Councils reveal new approach to safeguarding after grooming scandals

In the wake of shocking sexual exploitation cases, what progress is being made to protect children and raise awareness of grooming? Max Daly reports for Community Care promising news from Rochdale and Oxfordshire.  Last month, a damning review was published into the lack of protection Rochdale council offered young girls suffering sexual exploitation.  A similar review is expected to be highly critical of Oxfordshire council's ability to protect young people after seven men were convicted for the sexual exploitation of six girls in the county between 2004 and 2012.

Around one million children grow up without their father

Lone parent families are increasing at a rate of more than 20,000 a year and will total more than two million by the time of the next election, according to a major new Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) report accusing the Government of turning a blind eye to its commitment to promote family stability.

Councils press for control of Youth Contract

Children and Young People Now reports local authorities have called on the government to give them control of the Youth Contract after figures showed it was struggling to help the most vulnerable.  Government figures released last week showed that the youth employment scheme got 27.5 per cent of the 16- and 17-year-olds it worked with during 2012/13 into work or education.  But the Local Government Association said similar initiatives at local level have performed better and that the Youth Contract should be devolved to local authorities.

The Fostering Network – Don’t Move Me Campaign

The Guardian reports MPs are backing a Fostering Network campaign to make local authorities pay for vulnerable young care-leavers to stay with foster carers until the age of 21.

The Chief Inspector of Ofsted today put forward a series of radical and far-reaching recommendations to make a lasting difference to the prospects of thousands of ‘unseen children’ from low income backgrounds who are being let down by the education system.  The recommendations aimed at closing the attainment gap between England’s poorest children and those from better off backgrounds were contained in a lecture delivered by Sir Michael Wilshaw in central London.
Also see: Reports - Unseen children: access and achievement 20 years on.

DfE refunds £94m to councils for school support

The Department for Education is to pay £94m initially earmarked for academies back to local authorities to help fund school support services.

Education Secretary’s statement on education reform

Speaking in the House of Commons, Michael Gove set out his plans for reforming GCSEs. From 2015, GCSEs will move from coursework and continuous assessment to exams at the end of two years and exams will be graded from eight to one rather than A* to G.  Leading children's charity, the National Children's Bureau (NCB), is warning thatproposals on GCSEs reforms will seriously disadvantage young people who don't have a supportive home environment or who have special educational needs.

Also see: Consultations - Reformed GCSE subject content consultation.

Call to ban selection in faith schools 

Leaders of the Fair Admissions Campaign say that schools should be banned from selecting pupils based on their parents' religion or beliefs. 

New routes for ex-armed forces personnel to become teachers

The government has launched its Troops to Teachers programme, a new scheme designed to make it easier for former members of the armed forces to become teachers.

Schools are using 10 per cent more supply teachers than they did last year as a result of a sharp fall in the number of graduates who applied to work in the classroom in 2011, new figures suggest. 
A Blackpool Council scheme giving free breakfasts to all primary school pupils has been declared a success after a study found it made children happier and more alert and had the potential to improve attendance and punctuality.
People will now find it easier to make healthier choices about the food they eat with the new consistent front of pack nutritional label launched 19 June 2013 by Public Health Minister Anna Soubry.  This comes after research shows that people can end up bewildered by the different nutrition labels on food. The new label aims to make it easier for people to make healthier choices. 


Human rights of unaccompanied and migrant children in the UK

In 2012 around 1,200 unaccompanied and migrant children sought asylum in the UK, and around 2,150 were being cared for by local authorities. This report by the Lords and Commons Joint Committee on Human Rights concludes that, despite the rights to protection and support owed to those children by the UK under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, immigration concerns are too often given priority.

New mums with mental illness and babies missing vital support

The wellbeing of more than one in 10 newborn* babies in England could be improved if all new mothers with mental illness had equal access to good services, an NSPCC report published 17 June 2013 reveals.

Action for Children Impact report 2013

Key findings for 2012-13 include that in 79% of Family Partners cases the concerns about neglect were addressed and concerns about the child reduced or removed; 86% of their children's centres were rated 'good' or 'outstanding' on their safeguarding of children. An independent Social Return on Investment evaluation by Beacon CIC (2012) of one of their children’s centres found a total return of between £7 and £8.50 for every £1 invested.

Unseen children: access and achievement 20 years on

It is 20 years since Ofsted first published a report into the achievements of the poorest children in the education system and 10 years since a follow-up study in 2003. Over the past year Ofsted has undertaken a review in order to understand the current pattern of disadvantage and educational success across England, to learn the lessons of recent policy initiatives, and to come forward with proposals that would really make a difference.  This report sets out some of the main evidence that informed the review. It draws on test and examination data, inspection outcomes, and published reports and research.


Closing the gap: how system leaders and schools can work together

This report by the Isos Partnership Research Team for the National College for Teaching and Leadership summarises the outcomes and learning from a National College action research project which took place during 2012. The project worked with national leaders of education (NLEs) and teaching school alliances, organised into regional clusters, to examine how they could work with and support other schools to close gaps in attainment and support the progress of pupils eligible for free school meals.

Research priorities and questions: teachers and teaching

The DfE has set out a list of research priorities to encourage practitioners, academics and sector bodies to debate evidence needs related to education and children’s services.

Big rise in obese children needing care in hospital 

A study by researchers from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London reports that doctors have seen a four-fold increase in the number of children and young people admitted to hospital for problems linked to obesity.  The increase in annual admissions, from 872 to 3,806, occurred between 2000 and 2009.  The findings suggest that obesity is increasingly the cause of acute health problems in childhood. 


New ‘Fostering for Adoption’ Guidance for Social Workers published by Coram and the British Association for Adoption and Fostering

New practical guidance published 14th June 2013 to help local authorities implement ‘Fostering for Adoption’ with the aim of ensuring more children can live with their potential permanent carers at the earliest possible stage of the adoption process.  The guidance, commissioned by UK children’s charity Coram and written by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, has been produced for social workers, agency decision makers and all involved in permanence planning.

Disclosure and Barring Service update

From 17 June 2013, individuals can now join the new Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Update Service. This allows them to reuse their DBS certificates when applying for similar jobs. If an individual subscribes to the Update Service their employer can go online, with their consent, and carry out a free, instant check to find out if the information released on the DBS certificate is current and up-to-date.

Securing independent careers guidance

From September 2013 all further education colleges and sixth form colleges will be subject to a new requirement to secure access to independent careers guidance. This document offers guidance that colleges can draw on when interpreting the new requirement and deciding on the most appropriate forms of independent and impartial careers guidance and other kinds of careers support for their students.


Reformed GCSE subject content consultation

In February 2013 the Department for Education announced its intention to comprehensively reform GCSEs. The Department is now seeking views on proposed subject content and assessment objectives for new GCSEs, the closing date for which is Tuesday 20 August 2013.

Ofsted consults on a single inspection framework for local authority children's social care services

On 14 June 2013, Ofsted launched a consultation on the way it inspects services for vulnerable children.  Inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers proposes a single framework for inspecting local authority child protection and services for looked after children, including those leaving or who have left care.

Publication date: 21 June 2013

Nursery ratio changes being scrapped, Nick Clegg says

The BBC has reported that plans to allow nurseries and childminders in England to look after more children are being dropped, Nick Clegg has said.

The deputy prime minister telephoned leaders in the childcare sector last Wednesday morning and told them the plans were "dead in the water".

The government had previously said the changes would increase childcare places and quality and cut costs.

See BBC website for more.


Publication date: 11 June 2013

News update - 28 May 2013

Below are a range of recent news/reports/guidance/consultation items that will be of interest to practitioners who work with children in Barnet.


Call for public enquiry into how domestic violence handled

The BBC reports the family of a woman murdered by her ex-partner are calling for a public inquiry into how complaints of domestic violence are handled. Maria Stubbings, of Chelmsford in Essex, was strangled with a dog lead in 2008 by Marc Chivers, who had already killed a previous girlfriend. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has criticised Essex Police for not protecting Ms Stubbings

Social Work Scheme will fast track top graduates

The BBC reports graduates on a new fast-track scheme for trainee social workers will help manage caseloads after just five weeks of intensive training. The "Frontline" scheme aims to attract top graduates into the profession. Government funding for a pilot for 100 trainees has been announced by Education Secretary Michael Gove. The British Association of Social Workers has voiced concern that the timescale will not prepare the trainees adequately for safe practice.

Proposal to delegate looked after children work

After consultation, the Department of Education proposes changes to the law to allow local authorities to delegate work for looked-after children to external organisations.

Funding for foster care recruitment boost

Speaking at the National Fostering Agency’s annual conference, Edward Timpson, Children and Families Minister, announced a new package of support totalling £750,000 to help local authorities attract and retain more foster carers from a wider range of backgrounds.

More support for care leavers

Speaking at the Community Care Live conference, Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson announced an improved package of support for young people leaving care.

DFE gives backing for Archer Academy

The Barnet Times reports the Department for Education has given backing to The Archer Academy. Parents are celebrating after the Department for Education formally backed plans for a mixed, non-denominational free school in East Finchley.  The Archer Academy’s chair of governors Avis Johns has signed the funding agreement with the department, meaning plans to open the school in September will go ahead.

More than 100 free schools applications approved

The Education Secretary has given permission for 102 free schools to open next year.  More than half are in London and the south-east, with nine in Yorkshire and Humber, 13 in the Midlands and three in the south-west of England.

Learning the lesson: the future of school swimming

The 2013 School Swimming Census commissioned by the Amateur Swimming Association surveyed 3,501 primary schools on how many of their children have attained Key Stage 2 swimming requirements.  It found that half of children are unable to swim properly when they leave primary school despite the requirement for compulsory lessons - 51 per cent of children aged 7-11 were unable to swim a length of a typical pool without help.  The ASA accuses schools of failing to fund swimming lessons and calls on Ofsted to make tougher checks on provision for swimming in school inspections.


Managing high risk behaviours in adolescents

Ofsted have released a good practice resource for managing high risk behaviours in adolescents based on Northumberland County Council’s model. Northumberland has implemented an effective risk management model to safeguard adolescents who are at risk of significant harm from their own behaviour and their approach is having a good impact on safeguarding outcomes. This example provides an overview of the processes in place in Northumberland and the impact that this way of working is having. It includes information about the risk management framework, a multi-agency partnership approach and engaging young people.

Hidden from view: the experiences of young carers in England

Released to coincide with the publication of Census statistics, this Children’s Society report presents the findings from an analysis of government data tracking 15,000 children across England.  Findings include: Young carers are one and half times more likely to have a special educational need or a long-standing illness or disability; Around one in 20 miss school because of their caring responsibilities; Young carers have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level - the equivalent to nine grades lower overall than their peers; Young carers are more likely than the national average to be ‘not in education, employment or training’ (NEET) between the ages of 16 and 19; Despite improved awareness of the needs of young carers, there is no strong evidence that young carers are any more likely than their peers to come into contact with support agencies.

Growing up in the UK: ensuring a healthy future for our children

This report builds on the British Medical Association’s 1999 report on children’s health, bringing together the latest global research. The BMA acknowledges that progress has been made in children’s health but it is concerned that government austerity measures could reverse improvements by hitting the most vulnerable. A key message from the report is that intervention to improve children’s future health and welfare needs to begin before they are born with measures such as providing parenting classes, identifying at-risk families and improving maternal nutrition. It says it was short-sighted of ministers to slash funding from many health intervention projects that were addressing the "causes of social breakdown" rather than paying for the consequences and points out that £1 spent in prevention programmes aimed at children, results in a ten-fold saving to the taxpayer.

Pupil absence in schools in England: autumn term 2012

This Department for Education release reports absence in England during the autumn term 2012 by type of school; number of persistent absentees and the number on track to becoming persistent absentees; the proportion of absence by reason.  It is based on pupil level absence data collected via the spring 2013 school census.

NEET statistics: quarterly brief - quarter 1, 2013

This DfE statistical brief contains NEET statistics for England from the 16 to 18 participation release, labour force survey (LFS) and regional figures.  In the first quarter of 2013, 8.2% of 16 to 18-year-olds were not in education, employment or training.

Squaring the circle: evidence at the local level

This report from the Alliance for Useful Evidence, considers fundamental questions of how local authorities and their partners are making use of evidence as they try to tackle the seemingly impossible challenge of reconciling substantial cuts in funding and dealing with intractable issues such as a sluggish economy and pressure on services from an ageing population. It looks at how local authorities and their partners are using evidence to develop strategy, prioritise spending and redesign services.


Study to investigate teenage brain development

A new research project aims to shed light on what happens to the brain as young people mature, as part of a £5.4 million project funded by the Wellcome Trust.  Despite adolescence being a high-risk time for developing major psychiatric and drug dependence disorders, very little is known about the teenage brain. The U-Change study, which was profiled last night on BBC News, will use brain scans, questionnaires and genetic testing on 300 people between the ages of 14 and 24 to improve our understanding of how different parts of the brain develop.

Service Snapshot - Teenage Pregnancy

The Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Unit Service Snapshot for teenage pregnancy has been updated to include 2011 conception data. Service Snapshots provide a summary of demand, risk factors, provision and outcomes for services in a particular area.  Choose Barnet from the “available areas” dropdown list to generate a report for your area. You can read on screen or export the report as pdf.  Other Service Snapshots have recently been updated for CAMHS for local authorities; Disability for local authorities; and Infant mortality for PCTs.

Public attitudes to poverty and welfare, 1983-2011: analysis using British Social Attitudes data

This research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examines changing public attitudes to poverty and welfare over the last 30 years. It identifies a trend in which the public has become increasingly likely to say that individual characteristics rather than societal issues cause poverty.  For example: 66% of the public attribute child poverty to the characteristics and behaviour of parents compared to 28% who believe it is down to broader social issues; Fifteen per cent of the public in 1994 thought people lived in need because of laziness or lack of willpower, compared to 23% in 2010. However, there is considerable consensus among the public about high levels of child poverty in the UK. They endorse the importance of reducing child poverty and view this as a task for government. In 2009, eighty-two per cent saw cutting child poverty as “very important”, with almost three-quarters (74%) saying this is a task for government; The public think there are “significant” levels of child poverty today, but their expectations for progress in the future are negative - over half (51%) expect child poverty to increase in the next 10 years.


Inspection of services for Looked After Children

Ofsted have released guidance for the Inspection of services for looked after children. The documents set out the framework, evaluation schedule and guidance for the inspections of local authority services for looked after children. They apply to where a notice of inspection has been served from May 2013.

Handbook for inspection of local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement

Ofsted have released guidance for the inspection of local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement. The handbook provides instructions and guidance for inspectors conducting inspections under section 136(1) (b) of the Education and Inspections Act 2006. It sets out what inspectors must do and what local authorities can expect, and provides guidance for inspectors on making their judgements.

Governors handbook

Released on 14 May this is Governors handbook gives information about the role and duties of governing bodies in maintained schools and academies (including free schools).

Funded early education choice framework

The government gives local authorities funding to provide a part time early education place for all 3 and 4 year olds and for 2 year olds from low income families.  This Department for Education guide explains how a child can take up a funded early education place, what information is available to parents and how to complain.

Schools choice framework

This Department for Education guide for parents explains how to express school choice, where to access information to make that choice, the school admissions process and how to complain or appeal.

Publication date: 28 May 2013

News update - 15 May 2013

Below are a range of recent reports/guidance/consultation items that will be of interest to practitioners who work with children in Barnet.


Traineeships.  Supporting young people to develop the skills for apprenticeships and sustainable employment: framework for delivery.

This document from the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills provides employers, education and training providers and young people with information about traineeships and sets out how they will work in practice.

Child and working-age poverty in Northern Ireland from 2010 to 2020.

This report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies for the Northern Ireland Executive, warns that one in four children in Britain – 3.4 million – will be in relative poverty by 2020.  As well as updating previous IFS projections of household incomes and poverty at the UK level, it extends this analysis by showing projections for Northern Ireland - and, in an appendix, for England and Wales, and for Scotland.


On 3 May 2013, the Department for Education published its analytical review, conducted by Dr Ben Goldacre and Roger Plant, Director of So Direct Ltd. The review looks at the role of research, analysis and data in the Department for Education, schools in England and children’s services. The Analytical Review calls for the promotion and use of robust quantitative evidence by both practitioners in the sector, and policy makers in the department; this centres on the use of randomised control trials (RCTs).
Two RCTs were also announced:

1. an RCT on attainment information to schools on maths and science
2. an evaluation of SAAF (Safeguarding Assessment Analysis Framework) child protection assessment tool

More information is available in the Randomised Control Trials announcement.

Village schools 'outperforming those in inner-city areas' reports the Telegraph.

Children attending village schools in Britain are outperforming their inner-city peers despite a clear “urban advantage” elsewhere in the western world, according to international research.

Post adoption support: a rapid response survey of local authorities in England.

This study by the Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre for the Department for Education set out to explore how post adoption support teams and services are structured and to identify barriers and facilitators to effective provision.  The findings highlight the difficulties faced by adoptive parents in requesting support and suggest that preparation of prospective carers, normalising the need for support, along with continuity of adoption staff and services may improve the extent to which adoptive parents feel able to request help. Additional training and knowledge, across the children’s workforce, about the impact of early childhood trauma and the specific needs of adopted children were identified as having the potential to improve the identification of needs and the provision of appropriate services. Participants reported concerns about pressure on resources and the capacity of adoption services to fully meet the needs of adopted children and their families. Furthermore, participants raised concerns that these pressures may be exacerbated in the future by budgetary constraints and increases in the number of children being adopted.


Guide to answering competency-based interview questions from Community Care. Anyone can say, “I have strong leadership skills,” or, “I can keep my head in a crisis,” but can you substantiate these statements with real world examples? Increasingly common in social work, competency-based interview questions ask you about your behaviour and actions in specific circumstances. The interviewer will look for a specific example of a problem you addressed, a challenge you faced or a decision you made, as well as an explanation of why you took a particular course of action and insight into the consequences.


Consultation on (i) the order for replacing ICT with computing and (ii) the regulations for disapplying aspects of the existing national curriculum. Following on from its consultation on reforming the national curriculum, the government has confirmed that it plans to replace the national curriculum foundation subject of ICT with computing at all four key stages and disapply the aspects of existing programmes of study, attainment targets and statutory assessment arrangements from September 2013 for a set time.  The closing date for comments on this Department for Education consultation is 3 June 2013.

Keeping Children Safe in Education. The purpose of this consultation is to gather views on the Government’s proposals to reform safeguarding requirements and guidance in schools and further education colleges. The consultation closes on Thursday 20 June 2013.


Publication date: 15 May 2013

News update

Below are up-to-date news items, research, reports and consultations.


National MMR vaccination catch-up programme announced in response to increase in measles cases

A national catch-up programme to increase MMR vaccination uptake in children and teenagers has been announced by Public Health England , NHS England and the Department of Health.

The aim of the programme is to prevent measles outbreaks by vaccinating as many unvaccinated and partially vaccinated 10-16 year-olds as possible in time for the next school year.  

NHS Reforms

The NHS reforms in the Health and Social Care Act brings in the most wide ranging changes to the NHS since it was set up in 1948. From the Kings Fund, two areas are identified that are particularly relevant to Local Authorities:

Benefit Changes

Benefit changes in 2013 are wide ranging, affecting those in social housing, introducing a benefits cap, the Council Tax Benefit Scheme becomes the Council Tax Support scheme, the Local Housing Allowance is frozen, a new Universal Credit single payment has been introduced for those on benefits and the Personal Independence Payment has replaced the Disability Living Allowance.  

Change to the Ofsted inspection framework

The Chief Inspector of Ofsted announces plans to inspect child protection and looked after children services under a single, combined framework.

The timeline is reported in Community Care as follows:

April 2013 – Ofsted will continue with it’s separate child protection and Looked After Children inspections

June 2013 – Osfted will put out to consultation a draft framework merging child protection and Looked After Children inspections

September 2013 – The new framework will be put in place

To be decided – Eventually the single framework will be replaced by multi-agency inspections of the child’s journey into care and leaving care.  

Review announced on social work education

Norman Lamb states: “I want to be reassured that social work education produces high quality practitioners and that the government’s £100m investment is producing the high quality social workers that our society deserves and needs.”  

New technical baccalaureate announced

Providing an alternative to A level study route for post 16 education.  

New home on the web for the Department for Education

The Department for Education has become the latest central government department to move it’s corporate and policy content onto the new GOV.UK website.  


Adoption Data Analysis

This report from the Association of Directors of children’s services provides an up-to-date analysis of adoption activity by local authorities. The data and analysis includes information about adoption activity currently as at 31 March 2013, and that predicted by 31 March 2014.  


Adoption for looked after children: messages from research

Published in January, this is an overview of the Adoption Research Initiative by Caroline Thomas, published by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering.  


Good practice for adoption agencies from Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service)

This guidance is to inform local authority/voluntary adoption agencies of best practice in cases involving children relinquished for adoption.  

Useful publications from the Local Government Association on

  • Tackling teenage pregnancy
  • Measles frequently asked questions
  • Higher Education Institutions and Local Government: Collaborating for Growth  


Keeping Children Safe in Education

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views on the Government’s proposals to reform safeguarding requirements and guidance in schools and further education colleges. The consultation closes on Thursday 20 June 2013.  

Consultation on proposed changes to the role of the local authority in early education and childcare

This consultation, launched on Monday 25th March from the Department of Education seeks your views on the specific reforms to the role of local authorities in early education and childcare. The consultation closes on Monday 6 May 2013.

Publication date: 10 May 2013

Childminder grant from early May

A new grant scheme has been developed by the Government equalities office for new childminders.

New childminders will be able to get grants of £250 to help towards training and registration costs and new nurseries will be able to get grants of £500.  

Further information about the scheme is shown in this briefing document


Publication date: 23 April 2013

News Update- 12 April 2013

Below are a range of recent news items will be of interest to practitioners who work with children in Barnet.


What social workers need to know about the new NHS

NHS reforms are introduced in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 in April, bringing substantial changes for health professionals in England . Community Care asks “what does it mean for their social care counterparts and for integrated working between the two services?”  

Disability Living Allowance replaced by Personal Independence Payment

The changes to disability benefits are the latest in a round of welfare reforms introduced at the start of April.  The Government has introduced a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for eligible working age people aged 16 to 64.  

New body set to address careers advice in schools

Enhancing career advice in schools is to be a priority for the newly formed Career Development Institute (CDI). 

Proposed science curriculum falls short on sex education say the The National Children's Bureau Sex Education Forum.

The National Children's Bureau Sex Education Forum is calling on the government to rethink changes to sex education within the Science curriculum - the only compulsory part of the curriculum providing education on sex and growing up. The Forum shares concerns raised by peers this week, that proposed government changes will deprive children of a comprehensive and developmental programme of sex education in science classes.  

Street Play boosted by £1 million government grant

The Department for Health has confirmed that a variety of play organisations have received £1,079,793 over 3 years. The money will support the development of play streets across England and aim to improve children’s health and well being.  

Loughton fears backlash over youth Police and Crime Commissioners furore

Children and Young People Now reports former children’s minister Tim Loughton has called on police and crime commissioners to stick to plans to recruit young people in the wake of a media storm around the first youth police commissioner.  

Plans to speed up adoption set out by councils

The Local Government Association reports that Children in care will be found a home with adoptive parents more quickly under new plans to reform the adoption system.


Benefits in Britain: separating the facts from the fiction

The Guardian asks how many people are dependent on welfare – and do families where three generations have never worked really exist?  

Troubled families: 'You need to do something bad before you get support'

The Guardian reports on David Cameron’s pledge to help 120,000 families turn their lives around before 2015 and gains access to three families on the list.  

Pupil absence in schools in England, including pupil characteristics

The Department for Education Statistical First Release (SFR) reports on absence in primary, secondary and special schools, city technology colleges and academies during the 2011/12 school year. The key points are:

  • The overall absence rate decreased, from 5.8 per cent in 2010/11 to 5.1 per cent in 2011/12, continuing the recent downward trend.
  • The percentage of pupil enrolments classed as persistent absentees decreased, from 6.1 per cent in 2010/11 to 5.2 per cent in 2011/12, continuing the recent downward trend.


What about the children? Joint working between adult and children's services when parents or carers have mental ill health and/or drug and alcohol problems

This thematic inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission explored how well adult mental health services and drug and alcohol services considered the impact on children when their parents or carers had mental ill health and/or drug and alcohol problems; and how effectively adult and children’s services worked together to ensure that children affected by their parents’ or carers’ difficulties were supported and safe.


Working Together 2013: London SCB briefing

New guidance (Working Together to Safeguard Children) on effective multi-agency working to safeguard children has been released, representing a radical shift in the way that the child protection system will operate in England . This includes a new approach to the oversight of serious case reviews, new guidelines for assessing the needs of vulnerable children, and a huge reduction in the level of national child protection guidance. This briefing summarises the key points of the guidance, released on 21 March 2013, highlighting any significant changes to existing guidance and considering the implications for London . 

New National Standards for youth justice services

New National Standards for Youth Justice Services have been launched. The recent revisions to the standards are necessary to assist the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 and the introduction of AssetPlus, the new assessment, planning and interventions framework, due to replace the current system (Asset) next year.

Commissioning Toolkits for Local Authorities

A practical guide for commissioning services for young people from the National Youth Agency.  


Keeping Children Safe in Education

The purpose of this consultation is to gather views on the Government’s proposals to reform safeguarding requirements and guidance in schools and further education colleges. The consultation closes on Thursday 20 June 2013.  

Consultation on proposed changes to the role of the local authority in early education and childcare

This consultation, launched on Monday 25 March from the Department of Education seeks your views on the specific reforms to the role of local authorities in early education and childcare. The consultation closes on Monday 6 May 2013.

Publication date: 23 April 2013

Consultation on proposal changes to the role of the local authority in early education and childcare

The Government values local authorities’ important role as ‘champions’ of disadvantaged children and their families. We want local authorities to focus on ensuring that all two, three and four-year olds, particularly the most disadvantaged, take up their entitlement to funded high-quality early education.

This consultation seeks your views on the specific reforms to the role of local authorities in early education and childcare.

For further information visit DfE website.

Closing date for this consultation: Monday 6 May 2013

Publication date: 10 April 2013

Capital funding for new school places

The National Audit Office says that one in five primary schools in England is full or near capacity and there are signs of “real strain” on places. The quick rise in England ’s birth rate has played a role in driving demand. The NAO advises that a quarter of a million extra school places will be needed in England by autumn 2014.

 For more information visit NAO website for more information.

Publication date: 10 April 2013

Teachers to strike

The NUT and the NASUWT has announced that teachers will stage a series of strikes in protest at changes to their pay, pensions and workload. The strikes will begin in North West England on 27 June, followed by walkouts in the autumn, region by region and a national one-day strike before Christmas.

 See website for further information.


Publication date: 10 April 2013

Commission to examine youth work & school partnerships

Youth work’s educational role is to be assessed by an independent commission formed by the National Youth Agency (NYA). The group of youth work and education leaders will investigate how schools can work more closely with youth work organisations to improve young people’s social and personal development.

 For more information visit Children and Young People Now website.

Publication date: 10 April 2013

Lord Chief Justice calls for research into effects on children of giving evidence in abuse cases

The most senior criminal judge in England and Wales has said that research should be carried out into the long-term effects on those who give evidence about sexual abuse when they are a child; as such evidence would help improve the way in which young victims are treated by the justice system.

For more information visit Guardian website



Publication date: 10 April 2013

Police change approach to missing children’s cases

Senior police have revealed a new approach to investigating cases of missing people in light of the Rochdale child sexual exploitation case. This new approach aims to target investigations, in future the definition of missing people will be changes to ‘absent’ OR ‘missing’ after a risk assessment has been carried out by the police call handlers.

 For more information visit Guardian website


Publication date: 10 April 2013

Primary school sport funding

The Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport are jointly providing funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 to improve the quality of sport and PE for children.

 The money will go directly to primary school headteachers and can only be spent on sport and PE provision.

Visit the DfE website for more information.


Publication date: 8 April 2013

Ensuring Excellence for Barnet's Early Years - Barnet's Early Years Strategy

We are pleased to publish the new 'Ensuring Excellence for Barnet's Early Years' document, which has been written by the Early Years Strategy Group in our Childrens Service.

Delivering Excellence in Barnet’s Early Years 2013 builds on the partnership priorities of the Barnet Children and Young People Plan (2013 - 2016), the Councils Education Strategy (2013 – 2016) and the NHS ‘Social and Emotional Wellbeing: Early Years’ guidance, setting a more detailed strategic direction of the council’s approach to early years over the next three years.

This strategy identifies our key priorities and objectives that will help us to deliver our vision. It outlines the national and local context within which early years services operate, identifies some key challenges and opportunities, and sets out our future direction of travel.

You can download a copy of Delivering Excellence in Barnet’s Early Years here.

Publication date: 25 March 2013

Stories Together

Supporting dialogic book talk in the EYFS

Developed by Suffolk County Council’s Early Years and Childcare Service these simple booklets are based on popular children's titles including All Join In, Bear under the stairs, Dear Zoo, The Gruffalo, Peace at Last, Rosie’s Walk, Shark in the Park, The Snail and the Whale, Toddle Waddle and Where the wild things are. Stories Together booklets support dialogic book talk and can be used by early years and children's centre practitioners, or by library staff working with families. The booklets can be used by practitioners on a one-to-one basis, with a number of children, or in a group activity where parents and children develop a shared understanding of the book through talk.

Let’s Share Pack - 12 booklets!
Offer price £27.50
(Normal price £33)

These packs of 12 x A6 12pp booklets are available from Essential Reading Plus Ltd (see attached order form for details):

Phone: 020 8444 3995
Order online at:

Publication date: 20 March 2013

Government proposals to reform vocational qualifications for 16-19 year olds

The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on proposals to reform vocational qualifications for 16-19 year olds.

The consultation seeks views on proposals to:

i) Establish a process and set of characteristics by which vocational qualifications could be judged for inclusion in 16-19 performance tables;

ii) Introduce two separate categories of vocational qualification – ‘Applied General’ and ‘Occupational’, in addition to academic qualifications; and

iii) Only include Applied General and Occupational qualifications that meet pre-defined standards in future performance tables.

It also seeks views on whether the Government should fund learners who are over 19 to take vocational qualifications that meet the new characteristics but do not conform to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).  

Closing date for this consultation Friday 10 May 2013.

See DofE website for more information.

Publication date: 19 March 2013

New Young Offender Assessment – AssetPlus

AssetPlus will be available to YOTs in April next year and youth prisons from January 2015. Assessment will be more needs based, taking into account factors such as communication needs and learning difficulties.

 See the Children and Young People Now website for more information.

Publication date: 19 March 2013

Children with strong maths skills at age 10 earn significantly more in their 30s

New research finding show that children with strong maths skills at age 10 earn significantly more in their 30s. The report uses data from the British Cohort study – a large group of individuals born in April 1970 – to look at the link between reading and maths scores at age 10 and earning at age 30, 34 and 38.

See IFS press release for details.


Publication date: 19 March 2013

School Capacity: academic year 2012 to 2012

The statistics provided are based on information collected from local authorities as part of the school capacity 2011/12 collection. It also includes information on the number of places in academies.

See DofE website for further information.


Publication date: 19 March 2013

NEET statistic: quarterly brief – quarter 4, 2012

This brief sets out the latest statistics available on young people who are NEET in England from the Department for Educations 16-18 participation statistical first release, the Labour Force survey (LFS) and regional NEET figures.

 See DofE website for further information.


Publication date: 19 March 2013

A Call to End Violence against Women & Girls

This action plan is the Government’s vision and ambition to tackle the blight of domestic and sexual violence. Recognising that tackling violence against women and girls requires a sustained, robust and dynamic cross Government approach.

This action plan provides an overview of the wide range of actions the government will be taking forward with key partners to deliver its strategy to tackle violence against women and girls.

See Home Office website for more information.


Publication date: 19 March 2013

Public views on Child Poverty: Results of the second poll undertaken as part of the measuring Child Poverty Consultation

A consultation had been undertaken to identify better measures of child poverty with the aim of developing new measure of child poverty that would provide a broader understanding of the real experience of child poverty in the UK .

A key criterion for this child poverty measure is to ensure that it should be widely accepted by the public as being a fair representation of those children growing up in the poverty. An initial poll has already been taken and this report provides information as to the result of the second poll.

See DWP website for further information.



Publication date: 19 March 2013

The Early Education Pilot for two year old children: Age five follow-up

Key findings of this pilot show that children who attended the early years education pilot when they were age two, showed no evidence of better outcome at age five as measured by the Early Years Foundation Stage profile, than those who did not attend the pilot.

 See website for more information.

Publication date: 19 March 2013

Childcare costs scheme 'better for parents'

The government has promised to create a "better" childcare system for parents, by allowing them to claim back up to £1,200 a year in costs per child.

Children's minister Elizabeth Truss said the problem of affordability went "right up the income scale" and the new scheme would provide "choice".

The UK has some of the highest childcare costs in the world, with many people with two or more children saying it does not make financial sense for both parents to work.

Under the proposed scheme, which will undergo consultation, parents will be allowed to claim back 20% out of a total of around £6,000 - what the government says to be the average annual price of a childcare place.

To be introduced from 2015, it would cover children up to five years old, but will build up "over time" to include under-12s.

Unlike the current voucher system, which only operates where employers support it, the new scheme would be paid per child, instead of per household.

Parents earning up to £150,000 a year each - or a maximum of £300,000 per household - would be eligible.

How the new scheme will work

  • Parents will be able to open an online voucher account with a voucher provider and have their payments topped up by government.
  • For every 80p families pay in, the government will put in 20p up to the annual limit on costs for each child of £1,200.
  • Parents will be able to use the vouchers for any Ofsted regulated childcare in England and the equivalent bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • The scheme will initially only be open to pay for children under five
  • The scheme is expected to benefit 2.5 million families.
  • Parents using the existing childcare voucher system will be able to continue using that scheme instead
  • Full details of the new scheme will be proposed in a consultation before being finalised.

Read the full article on the BBC website.

Publication date: 19 March 2013

The Child Protection system in England: Responses from the Government and Ofsted

This report is a compilation of responses from the Government & Ofsted to the committee’s fourth Report of Session; highlighting recent developments and identifying areas for the Government and local agencies to consider.

See website for more information.

Publication date: 15 March 2013

The Early Education Pilot for two year old children: Age five follow-up

Key findings of this pilot show that children who attended the early years education pilot when they were age two, showed no evidence of better outcome at age five as measured by the Early Years Foundation Stage profile, than those who did not attend the pilot.

 See website for further information.

Publication date: 15 March 2013

Specialist Met unit in London to tackle gang-led child sex abuse

The Metropolitan police are setting up a specialist unit to counter child sex abuse in London similar to that in Rochdale, in response to a shocking report revealing the scale of incidents involving gangs across Britain .

For more information see website.


Publication date: 15 March 2013

Annual Youth Justice Convention 2013

This year’s annual Youth Justice Convention will be held in Birmingham at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 November 2013.

For further information visit website.



Publication date: 15 March 2013

Free publications and resources from Early Education

Early Education - The British Association for Early Childhood Education.

Early Education is committed to supporting families and the professional development of all those working in early childhood education to ensure effective early childhood education experiences of the highest quality for all children across the United Kingdom.

They have a number of publications and resources that you can download for free on their website including: helping children with their behaviour, making their mark - children's early writing, making a noise for music and much more.

Visit the Early Education website to download these free publications. 

Publication date: 12 March 2013

Released today - the findings of the Annual Childcare costs survey

Today the Daycare Trust has released the findings of the 2013 Childcare Costs Survey.

The Daycare Trust and the Family and Parenting Institute’s Childcare Costs Survey 2013 is compiled from figures submitted by Family Information Services across the UK.

The report reveals childcare is the luxury that families have to afford as figures show that nursery, childminder and after-school club costs are all rising at more than double the rate of inflation.

This year, key findings from the survey include:

  • Average childcare costs increase by more than 6% (more than double rate of inflation)
  • The average nursery cost for a child under two has risen by 4.2% to £106.38 per week for a part-time place (25 hours). A full-time place costs £11,000 for a year. Costs for over-twos have gone up even more – by 6.6% to an average of £103.96 per week for a part-time place.
  • Childminder costs in Britain have increased by 5.9% for a child under two, to £98.15 and 5.2%, to £96.67 for a child aged two and over.
  • The steepest cost hikes are seen in childcare for older children – with 15 hours a week at an after-school club costing £49.67, a rise of 9%. For a family with two children, care in term time, before and after school, costs nearly £4,000 a year.
  • As well as having the fastest-rising costs, childcare around the school day is also the hardest to find, with under a third of local authorities (31%) reporting that they provide sufficient childcare for this group. 

The Childcare Costs Survey 2013 is sponsored by Computershare Voucher Services

Publication date: 6 March 2013

Monitoring visits guidance for local authorities

This Standards & Testing Agency guidance explains how local authorities should carry out monitoring visits to schools administering Key Stage 2 National Curriculum tests.

You can view the document here

Publication date: 4 March 2013

Good practice resource – Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

‘Lessons from history and current practice tell us that the only effective way of identifying and supporting victims and prosecuting offenders is to do so in partnership’. Nick McPartlan, Team Manager, Engage Team

See Ofsted website for further information.

Publication date: 4 March 2013

Participation in education, training and employment by 16 to 18 year-olds in England, end 2011

This DofE statistical release draws together information from the different post-16 learning options (school, FE colleges, work-based learning, higher education, etc.) to give a coherent and compreh

It has been updated because the Office for National Statistics is revising its mid-year population estimates following the 2011 Census. The estimates are used to calculate the rates in this release and the changes have affected the data published for end 2001 through to end 2011.

See the DofE website for more information.


Publication date: 4 March 2013

Conception Statistics

The number of teenage pregnancies in England and Wales fell sharply in 2011 and is now at its lowest level since 1969.

The figures – 31,051 pregnancies to girls aged 18 and under - mark a fall of more than a quarter in the past ten years. The number of pregnancies to girls aged under 16 was 5,991 in 2011, compared with 6,674 in 2010 - a fall of 10 per cent.

See Office for National Statistics website for further information. 



Publication date: 4 March 2013

Measuring up: the medical profession’s prescription to the nation’s obesity crisis

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is demanding a 20 per cent increase in the cost of sugary drinks, fewer fast food outlets near schools and a ban on unhealthy food in hospitals to prevent the country’s spiralling obesity crisis.

Its report calls for action by ministers, the NHS, councils and food firms as well as changes in parental behaviour, to break the cycle of “generation after generation falling victim to obesity-related illnesses and death”.

See website for more information.



Publication date: 4 March 2013

Childcare vouchers - what makes for a successful scheme?

Get the information you need to make an informed decision with a free childcare voucher guide

Childcare Vouchers are now widely accepted as one of the most practical, cost-effective ways an employer can support staff with family responsibilities.

Take-up for Childcare Vouchers continues to grow at a pace, as experience shows employers supporting staff with childcare responsibilities makes sound business sense.

The Childcare Vouchers free guide explores some of the issues around employer-supported childcare and explains in simple terms how Childcare Vouchers work.  It aims to identify exactly what makes for a successful Childcare Voucher scheme, and provides answers to some common questions.

Whether you are considering setting up a Childcare Vouchers scheme for the first time – or are reviewing your current provider – the Childcare Vouchers free guide will give you the background and information you need to make an informed decision.

Download the Childcare Vouchers free guide

Publication date: 25 February 2013

Early Years Developmental Journal

The new Early Years Developmental Journal is designed for families, practitioners and others to use as a way of recording, celebrating and supporting children's progress.

It is also for people who would like to find out more about children's development in the early years. It supports key working by helping everyone involved with a child to share what they know and discuss how best to work together to support development and learning.

This Journal is particularly useful if you know or suspect that your child or a child who you are helping is unlikely to progress in the same way or at the same rate as other children - whether or not a particular factor or learning difficulty has been identified and given a name.

The Early Years Developmental Journal links closely with Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

For more information about the Early Years Developmental Journal download the flyer.

We suggest that before you start to use the Journal, you first read the 'How to Use' guide, which you can also download

Developmental journals for specific childhood conditions or disabilities

Publication date: 21 February 2013

Ofsted warns schools taking physical out of PE

In a new report on physical education in schools, Ofsted says that PE lessons in more than a quarter of schools involve so little physical activity that they fail to improve pupils’ fitness at all with only a minority of schools playing high class competitive sport.

 See Independent article

Publication date: 19 February 2013

Online abuse warning

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has warned that parents must do more to protect their children from the growing number of paedophiles grooming victims purely for online sexual abuse.

In a third of grooming cases, abusers are making contact with their victims using the BBM function on BlackBerry phones or applications on social networking sites.

See Independent website.


Publication date: 19 February 2013

Launch of Ofsted’s ‘Data View’

Ofsted has launched a new data tool to enable comparison of regional and local performance of schools, further education and childcare providers. It also allows comparison with similar local authority areas.

 See Data View website.

Publication date: 19 February 2013

Catch-Up Premium

The DfE has announced the following:

£54 million will be given to state secondary schools in England to help every year 7 pupil who did not reach the expected level of literacy and maths when they finished primary school. The catch-up premium will provide intensive tuition for 110,000 pupils with each school receiving £500 per pupil.

Publication date: 19 February 2013

Academies could take over teaching in youth prisons

As part of a radical plan to create “secure training colleges”, academies and free schools are to be invited to take over education in young offender institutions.

The Ministry of Justice is due to publish a green paper on youth custody and it is expected to “put education at the heart of detention” for the 1,500 young offenders held in YOIs, local authority secure units and privately run secure training centres. Half the 15 to 17-year-olds in YOIs are assessed as having the literacy level of a seven to 11-year-old, with 88 per cent of the young male offenders having been excluded from school.

See Telegraph website for further details.



Publication date: 19 February 2013

Trading Times- a service for job seekers

Here Dr Jonathan Collie describes the launch of an exciting new service in Barnet for job seekers:

The Service:

  • Trading Times is a new online social enterprise that matches the skills and availability of plus-50s, family carers and lone parents with the adhoc resource needs of local businesses. It is essentially a flexible jobs service for those with skills and time, but who are typically excluded from the 9-5 full-time workplace. It also provides businesses with access to the largely untapped resource pool of experienced, mature, skilled, committed and local workers - just the resources you need, when you need them. It’s common sense!
  • On the one hand, we have thousands of small businesses and local households that have jobs that need doing. On the other hand, we have large numbers of local people - the over 50’s, family carers and single parents - who have skills, experience, and some spare time. They’re the perfect match, but they don’t know how to find each other. That’s where Trading Times comes in. We match available local people with businesses and individuals who need things done.
  • You tell us what skills (if you're an employer) or what work (if you're a candidate) you're looking for and we'll let you know when we find you a match! No complex forms, no lengthy CVs, no need to login each day, no fee. Simple. 
  • Trading Times can be viewed as a job/skills ‘dating service’ for the local economy. It is all about making meaningful connections that empower individuals and help businesses flourish.
  • Trading Times is free to all users
  • The over 50s, carers and lone parents may not see themselves for the valuable resource they are. They may not even think of themselves as employable. But with our encouragement and support they can use their skills to supplement their income and possibly do something different with their spare time. Equally, small businesses or household employers will discover a rich seam of talent, perfect for their requirements. Whether it's monthly bookkeeping, HR support once a week, a daily dog walk or a one-off house sit, we will carefully match the right person with the right qualities to do the job.
  • In addition to skills/job matching, Trading Times will provide candidates with guidance on becoming work-ready, and employers on how to benefit from flexible working efficiencies.
  • The online forum and social media channels will help share the success stories and experiences of Trading Times candidates and employers.

Launch in Barnet:

  • To start with, we have chosen the London borough of Barnet to launch Trading Times in March 2013. We’ll be running a three-month pilot, to make sure everything is working well, before we extend the service nationally.
  • If you live in (or near) Barnet, sign up today, and you’ll be in at the start of something great. If you’re not in Barnet, sign up too and we’ll keep you updated with our news and when we go live in your area.
    On 18th February we launched our social media campaign. Our new Facebook and Twitter pages are up as is our new landing page ( Please Like/Follow us and Pre-register on our website.
  • We’ll be steadily raising  our profile in the lead up to 1st March through live events, press releases and other communication channels.
  • We’ll also be using the social media channels will help spread the Trading Times word through the sharing of success stories (both candidates and employers alike).

Engaging Target Users:

  • Please spread the word – help reach target Barnet residents who would like us on Facebook (TradingTimesUK), follow us on Twitter (@tradingtimesuk), and pre-register on our holding page ( ).
  • Featuring Trading Times in popular Barnet media channels and affiliate websites.
    Creating reciprocal links between popular Barnet (and national) stakeholder groups and media organisations.
  • Attendance of and/or presentation at key events in Barnet.

For more information contact Dr Collie using the following details:

Dr Jonathan Collie (Founder)
Tel: 07887624385

Publication date: 14 February 2013

Barnet Safeguarding Children Board launch new website

The Barnet Safeguarding Children Board recently launched a new website.

The website can be be found at: 

Tim Beach Independent Chair of the Board said the following regarding the launch:

'We hope that you will find this website accessible and informative. Colleagues in our Professional Advisory Sub-Group have helped to develop the Practitioners Directory so that colleagues can access relevant guidance and protocols in one place.

In developing this website, we have sought the views of young people who have told us what they consider to be important messages in communicating with children and young people.

Your comments, ideas and suggestions are vital to help us in further developing this site as a valuable resource for all partners, as well as young people and the wider community in Barnet.

Please let us know what you think!'

You can feed back your comments to Helen Elliott, Safeguarding Children's Board Development Manager via Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Tel: 020 8359 4540.

Publication date: 14 February 2013

Improving Enforcement in Childcare

In this review, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills are asking anyone involved in childcare to let them know their views and experiences.

This review aims to ensure children get the protection and support they need while giving providers greater clarity and guidance, so they can focus on giving high standards of care rather than being held back by unnecessary bureaucracy.

Childcare providers, nurseries and pre-schools for children in the early years group (0-5years), as well as users of childcare services are invited to provide examples of how current enforcement of regulation could be improved, driving up standards while removing confusing bureaucratic requirements that divert carers from meeting the needs of children.  

You are also asked to suggest how regulators could better help providers comply with the law and to highlight where regulation is working well, so that good practice can be extended and replicated across the sector. 

Share your experiences on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website.  

Publication date: 14 February 2013

Double Dutch: The case against deregulation and demand-led funding in childcare

The Institute for Public Policy Research have written a report that critically engages with the arguments and ideas put forward in childcare minister Liz Truss’ paper Affordable Quality.

Despite major advances over the last 15 years, childcare in the UK is more expensive and or more variable in quality than in many other European countries. This is especially problematic given the potential of good childcare to overcome early childhood disadvantage and enable parental employment.

The argument in Liz Truss’ paper is rooted in the claim that our childcare system delivers poor value for money, for both parents and taxpayers, and she suggest that British policymakers should take inspiration from the reforms that took place in the Dutch childcare system in 2005. These reforms focused on reducing regulation, especially on childminders, and on switching to a demand-led funding model for childcare services.

This report argues that the outcomes of the Dutch reforms are not universally positive, and concludes, more generally, that this two strategic directions – deregulation and demand-led funding – are likely to take the UK's childcare system down the wrong path. Specifically, it argues that:

  • reducing regulation of childminders (by loosening child-to-adult ratios or ending individual registration and inspection) would undermine quality and parental trust
  • a demand-led funding system would not reduce costs or increase quality: on the contrary, it would lead to increased costs for government and parents, and to lower quality and diminished parental choice.

As an alternative source of inspiration for British policymakers, the report surveys the Danish childcare system, which:

  • offers a universal national entitlement to childcare
  • prioritises spending on services over spending on benefits
  • fosters a high-quality workforce
  • decentralises governance
  • maintains relatively generous parental leave and workplace flexibility.

All this is premised on a broad political consensus and strong alliances, especially in the entrenched social partnership between employers and trade unions, and so would be difficult to import straightforwardly into the British context. However, there are a number of insights that we believe can be gained from looking elsewhere in Europe for inspiration in childcare reform.

Download the full Double Dutch Childcare Report here.

Publication date: 14 February 2013

Climate Week 2013 - 4 -10 March

Climate Week is a supercharged national occasion, celebrating the practical positive solutions to climate change.

Climate Week 2012 was a great success and is now the UK’s biggest climate change campaign - half a million people across every sector of society, attended over 3000 events. It is supported by some prominent individuals and organisations, such as The Prime Minister, The Met Office, The Department of Education and the National Association of Head Teachers to name a few. If you wanted to have a little look at a fun summary of Climate Week 2012, click here.

Climate Week 2013 is the 4 -10 March 2013 and there are already over 1,000 events registered on the Climate Week website.  

Climate Change have a number of suggested events and activities. The Climate Week Challenge is running again this year, which 145,000 people registered to take part in last year. This is a fun and easy way to engage young people with climate change. It is a national competition across all age groups and is free to take part in. There is also a Climate Week Picture Competition for children aged 3 - 5 so they can join in the campaign as well!

Climate Change also suggest a low-carbon food event or a Climate Week Swap, which is based on swapping clothes, books, toys and so on. Swapping items is great for the environment, a good way of meeting new people and bringing communities together, and can even be used as a fundraising event.

It would be fantastic if you could help Climate Change spread the word about the campaign. For more information and ideas on how to get involved, contact Sophia McNab on or  020 3397 2612 or visit

Publication date: 11 February 2013

What are childminder agencies?

The More great childcare: Raising quality and giving parents more choice report recently published by the DfE speaks of offering parents the choice of more great childcare through Childminder Agencies

The DfE has now published details of what Childminder Agencies are and the advantages to both parents and childminders.

You can read the full article on the DfE website.

Publication date: 7 February 2013

New information resources from Early Support

NEW! The existing Early Support resources have been revised, updated and adapted for use with older children and disabled young people. They are available FREE to download.

The Early Support information resources describe, discuss and explore either a specific impairment or more general information that parent carers and young people have told us they would find useful to know.

The resources were produced in response to requests from families, professional agencies and voluntary organisations for a better standard of information about particular conditions or disabilities and more general and reliable background knowledge resources.

To find out more and download the resources, please visit the Early Support website here.

Publication date: 7 February 2013

Children & Families Bill published

Independent Parental Special Educational Advice (IPSEA) Press Release

IPSEA has issued a Press Release about the new Children & Families Bill.

At 5pm on Monday 4th February, the Children & Families Bill was presented in Parliament. The Bill was published today.

The IPSEA Press Release has some initial observations. Edward Timpson, the Minister responsible for SEN, has written a letter explaining some of the changes made to the draft provisions. You can read his letter here.
You can view the Bills' progress through Parliament here.

Publication date: 5 February 2013

Early Home Learning Matters - A Brief Guide

The Family and Parenting Institute have produced a brief guide that provides an overview of the key messages for practitioners contained in Early Home Learning Matters: A good practice guide.

This is an essential resource for anyone working with parents of children from birth to five years of age, or developing early years services.

The link between social deprivation and poor outcomes for children is well established but, crucially, it is not set in stone. What the evidence also tells us is that when parents provide the experiences that children need for their early development, this has a huge and lasting impact on their future wellbeing and achievement, irrespective of their parents' material or educational background.

Involving and supporting parents by working in partnership is therefore an essential part of early years services. This brief guide will help you:

  • understand the evidence about brain development and the vital role of
  • parents, both fathers and mothers
  • reach and include vulnerable families
  • enable parents to gain the understanding, skills and confidence they need to help their children flourish.

Further information on a wide range of examples from practice, as well as the development and evaluation of services, the equipping of the workforce, and the location of key resources, can be found in Early Home Learning Matters: A good practice guide, available from:

Download the guide here.

Publication date: 5 February 2013

Arrangements for the inspection of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass)

This is a consultation on proposals for the revised inspection framework for the inspection of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.

The new inspection arrangements will come into effect from September 2013.

Read more here.

Publication date: 4 February 2013

Consultation on changes to the delegation and inspection of functions for looked after children and care leavers

This is a consultation on proposals to: allow all local authorities to delegate some decision making and tasks around children in care and care leavers to external social work providers.

This aims to avoid disruption where such arrangements are currently in place as part of the Social Work Practices pilot, and extend flexibility to other local authorities; to remove the requirement for social work providers to register with and be inspected separately by Ofsted. Ofsted has already said it will consider the experiences of children receiving services under delegated arrangements as part of its new inspection framework.

Read more here.

Publication date: 4 February 2013

Safeguarding children peer review

The Children's Improvement Board will fully fund a Safeguarding children peer review until 31 March 2013 for any council.

There is a strong demand for this peer review and a 12-week lead in is recommended.

Read more here.

Publication date: 4 February 2013

DfE guidance and advice for schools

The Department for Education has updated guidance on statutory duties and powers concerning the use of alternative provision.

Read more here.

Publication date: 4 February 2013

Improving outcomes for looked after children and care leavers – London Borough of Ealing

This Ofsted good practice resource looks at Ealing’s ‘Horizons’ programme.

A one-stop shop that provides young people in care and care leavers aged between 11 and 24 with the range of services and support they need from a single access point in a youth-friendly setting.

View more here.

Publication date: 4 February 2013

The impact of Reading Recovery five years after intervention: a report for the Every Child a Reader Trust

This study reveals that the positive impact of Reading Recovery for pupils who struggled with literacy at the start of primary school lasts up to and into secondary school.

The five year study, looking at the long term effects of early intervention, followed 254 children up to the end of Key Stage 2. Those who had received Reading Recovery (77 children) made significantly greater progress in English than the comparison school (127 children) that had no access to the intervention. The benefits of having a Reading Recovery teacher, a highly skilled literacy expert, in the school were also seen on pupils (50 children) who didn't receive the additional one-to-one support.

Read more here.

Publication date: 4 February 2013

Prince’s Trust youth index 2013

Based on interviews with 2,136 16-to-25-year-olds, the index measures how confident and happy young people feel about their lives and their futures, considering their wellbeing across a range of areas including family relationships, local community and health, qualifications, employment and money.

Among the findings are that one in ten young people feel they cannot cope with day-to-day life and young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) are more than twice as likely to feel unable to cope as their peers.

Read more here.

Publication date: 4 February 2013

Family Justice Board Action Plan published

The Family Justice Board is the government’s vision of a family justice system.

It supports the delivery of the best possible outcomes with the overall aim of driving significant improvements in the The report highlights 13 actions which it aims to execute. For more information you can see their website.

View the report here

Publication date: 4 February 2013

A generation adrift: the case for speech, language and communication to take a central role in schools’ policy and practice

This report calls for schools to do more to emphasise good speech, language and communication.

It draws together research which shows that many children and young people are not being adequately supported to develop good communication skills and children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) are often misunderstood or missed altogether.

View the report here.

Publication date: 4 February 2013

Announcement of the Discontinuation of the ‘Behavior in Schools in England’ statistical release

The Department (DfE) usually publishes a Statistical Release entitled "Behaviour in Schools in England" in April each year.

Under new transparency arrangements, Ofsted are now publishing these data on their website more information can be found in the Schedule for the release of official statistics.

View more here.

Publication date: 4 February 2013

School census 2013

The DfE has added updates to its school census pages on spring COLLECT familiarisation and school funding arrangements.

Read the full report here.

Publication date: 4 February 2013

Youth policy not a central government policy

Giving evidence to the Education Select Committee, the Education Secretary said that youth policy is not a priority for central government and should be developed by local authorities rather than Whitehall.

View more here.

Publication date: 1 February 2013

Further action on adoption announced

Edward Timpson has launched ‘Further Action on Adoption’ which announces: the potential for new legislation to remove responsibility from Local Authorities for the recruitment, assessment and approval of adopters.

The document stresses that this will not necessarily be invoked and a challenge is offered to the local government sector to bring forward alternative proposals for significantly increasing the number of approved adopters.

View more here.

Publication date: 1 February 2013

Major Young offender resettlement scheme announced for London

Crime reduction charity Nacro has won a contract to run a high profile payment-by-results resettlement scheme for young offenders in London.

The new project which replaces the Daedalus scheme, aims to provide resettlement, “end-to-end” provisional support for young offenders leaving custody. Help will be given in relation to accessing education, training or work opportunities upon release. These services will be provided in two areas covering 11 London boroughs.

Read more here.

Publication date: 1 February 2013

Boris Johnson’s £650,000 programme to provide healthy food to children in capital’s most deprived boroughs.

An increasing number of children are arriving at school hungry, according to the charity Magic Breakfast, overseeing the breakfast initiative which has been funded by the mayor Boris Johnson.

This scheme provides free healthy pre-school meals and aims to roll out to all schools in the capital where at least half of the pupils qualify for free school meals.

View more here.

Publication date: 1 February 2013

Youth Contract opened up to help more young people who are NEET

The Department for Education has extended the eligibility criteria for the Youth Contract and an extra 15,500 16- and 17-year-olds are now eligible for tailored help to return to work with training, school or college.

View the full story here.

Publication date: 1 February 2013

Rise in teacher training figures

The Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) has published the first set of data on applications it has received for teacher training in the current recruitment year.

It shows that as of 7 January 2013 28,005 applicants have registered with GTTR for higher education-led teacher training courses in England.

View more on this here.

Publication date: 1 February 2013

John Nash appointed as new education minister

Following the promotion of Lord Hill of Oareford to Leader of the House, John Nash will join the DfE as the new minister in the Lords.

View the full story here.

Publication date: 1 February 2013

Action on Neglect Conference

You are invited to join us for the Barnet Action on Neglect Conference.

This half day conference will be held on 13 March 2013 at the The Penridge Suite, 470 Bowes Road, New Southgate, N11 1NL.   

The event will focus on local and national issues regarding Child Neglect.  We would also be launching the Barnet Action on Neglect Resource Pack.  We hope you are able to join us at this event. 

Please circulate to all your networks and contacts in Barnet. 

More information about this event and booking details are available via the conference web page.

Publication date: 31 January 2013

UK Youth Parliament election update

This year we have 37 candidates standing in the UK Youth Parliament Elections! Please support them by encouraging young people you work with who are aged 11 – 18 years to vote. Voter cards have been sent to schools, youth/community centres and some primary schools.

This year we have 37 candidates standing in the UK Youth Parliament Elections! Please support them by encouraging young people you work with who are aged 11 – 18 years to vote. Voter cards have been sent to schools, youth/community centres and some primary schools.   At the official Candidate Debate on 23 January 2013 at Woodhouse College, they campaigned to support the homeless, prevent gang culture, create cycle lanes, improve Barnet’s environment and parks, to establish a broader curriculum for Barnet’s young people, for a safer and equal Barnet and the list goes on…

You can view all 37 candidates and read their manifestos at  


Online elections will run from 4 – 15 February 2013.

To vote: each young person needs one voter card (includes full instructions) and the voting web address If you need materials or have any questions about voter cards please contact Zainab Bundu on ext 4373 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

Consultation (optional)

This year there will be a short consultation alongside the voting process, once voters have chosen their candidate/s (up to 4) they will be invited to take part in a 5 question optional survey. 

Questions are as follows:

- Do you feel that your voice is important and listened to in Barnet?
- Is poverty a BIG problem for children and young people in Barnet?
- What new activity or sport would you like to be made available in Barnet?
- What BIG issue for young people should the UKYP winners focus on this year?
- What is your main aspiration (what do you want to be when you are older)?  

If the results of this consultation will be useful for your work please let Zainab Bundu know and she will ensure you receive the data in late February 2013.

Publication date: 31 January 2013

Manchester offers childcare providers a unique opportunity

Manchester City Council is committed to ensuring that its diverse population of young people get the best possible start in life, and are well supported throughout their early years.

They are therefore looking to accept bids from high-quality day care providers, whether large or small - private sector, third sector or community-based, to deliver high quality day care in Manchester.

Analysis of the market shows that there is a wealth of potential opportunity here, and if you would like to know more Manchester City Council are holding events across the country about the opportunities in our great city, who lives here and what facilities are already in place. In total, they hope to award contracts for 29 centres across the city, which will be available from late spring 2013 and early 2014. The events will outline details on each site (these are also available to organisations which comply with tendering framework) and we welcome interest for single and multiple sites.

With the first new centres opening their doors from September 2013, Manchester City Council look forward to working with providers to develop the future of childcare across the city.

Events will be held on the following dates in London:

Monday 11 February 2013 (3.30pm - 6pm)
Tuesday 26 February 2013 (3:30pm - 6pm)

To book online visit:

If you have any queries, contact Manchesters' Early Years Team on 0161 234 3319 or

Publication date: 30 January 2013

Delivering Free Pre-School Education: Extending the Offer to 2-year Olds

Westminister Briefing and the Daycare Trust are running training to look at the major delivery challenge for the early years sector of increasing the number of 2 year olds.

The key issues to be addressed at this Policy and Practice Briefing will include:

  • Examining the new proposals in detail: delivering sufficient provision & funding
  • The implications of the new staffing ratios
  • The role of the local authorities in securing provision 
  • The challenge to third sector and private providers
  • Changes to inspection and regulations
  • For full details please view the agenda

The event will be highly interactive with scenario planning and group discussions focusing on practical implications of the proposed arrangements.

For full details visit our events page.

Publication date: 30 January 2013

Elizabeth Truss speaks at the Policy Exchange on childcare

Speaker: Elizabeth Truss Speech date: 29 January 2013 Location: London


The DfE will shortly publish the report by their commission on childcare, looking at ways to tackle the high costs for parents and to get better value for money. The status-quo is neither fair to providers nor allows enough money to reach the front line.

Getting the funding right is a necessary condition of providing world-class childcare but it is not sufficient. It is not good enough to carry on with an unreformed system. A greater focus on quality and value for money matters enormously as well.

Some children enjoy more advantages than others, but all children are vulnerable. Of course parents want their child to have the very best start in life possible. 

The DfE wants every child to spend their early years learning, exploring, enjoying and growing – and for them to arrive at primary school well-prepared and confident. By driving up standards right across early education, parents can be given the sense of security they crave and every child the care and attention they need.

Read the full speach on the DfE website.

Publication date: 30 January 2013

Consultation: Early education and childcare staff deployment

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets out the current arrangements for how staff should be deployed in Early Years settings.

Start date: Tuesday 29 January 2013

End date: Monday 25 March 2013

This consultation seeks your views on how these arrangements could work more effectively. The proposals in this consultation emanate from the report 'More great childcare' which was published by the Department for Education on 29 January 2013.

You can download the consultation response Word form, and submit your completed response via the online form.

Publication date: 29 January 2013

More great childcare - Raising quality and giving parents more choice

More great childcare is vital to ensuring we can compete in the global race, by helping parents back to work and readying children for school and, eventually, employment.

And it can help build a stronger society, with more opportunities for women who want to work and raise children at the same time, and better life chances for children whatever their background.

Download the full 'More great childcare - Raising quality and giving parents more choice report' from the DfE website.

The plans in this document are the first step to encourage all providers to learn from the best, and learn from effective practice in other countries. They set out our proposals to build a stronger and more professional early years workforce, and to drive quality through everything it does.

This report sets out a plan of action for how the Government will achieve its vision of a dynamic childcare market, delivering high quality early education. It incorporates the Government’s response to Professor Cathy Nutbrown’s independent review ‘Foundations for Quality’.


  • A vision for early education and childcare
  • The case for change
  • A plan of action
  • Raising the status and quality of the workforce
  • Freeing high quality providers to offer more places
  • Improving the regulatory regime
  • Giving more choice to parents
  • Appendix.

Publication date: 29 January 2013

Two Year Old Scheme Update

Increase in hours The Two Year Old scheme will be increasing its hours from 10 hours to 15 hours per week from April 2013.

Increase in Places
Due to the national expansion of the scheme, Barnet will be offering the following number of places for the financial year 2013/14:

  • Summer Term 2013 (April to July)                         500 places
  • Autumn Term 2013 (September to December)     600 Places
  • Spring Term 2014(January to March)                    700 places

Capital Grant Funding
Capital Grant Funding will be available to all childcare providers that provide places to the Two Year Old scheme. Applications will be made through a bid process. This funding will be available in the financial year 2013/14.  Further details will follow.

Early Years Vulnerable Children Funding
Childcare providers that participate on the Two Year Old Scheme are now able to join the Early Years Vulnerable Children (EYVC) funding scheme which provides free childcare to vulnerable children. The EYVC funding provides targeted two year olds up to 10 hours* of childcare for up to 48 week per year and targeted three to five year olds up to 15 hours.  This is in addition to the 2,3 and 4 year old offer. Additional EYVC hours can also be accessed in selected nursery schools/classes).

For more details on the scheme and how children can access the Early Years Vulnerable Children Funding (EYVC) please go to

*this will increase to 15 hours from April 2013.

Stretched Offer
Barnet will be piloting the Stretched Offer for children accessing a Two Year Old place. Participating Two Year Old providers will be holding a workshop on 6 February 2013, 1.30pm – 3.30pm, to book a place please contact Rakhi Bose on

Publication date: 22 January 2013

Consultation on the revised statutory guidance on children missing education for local authorities

This DfE consultation seeks views on guidance that advises on key principles to help local authorities fulfill their legal duty to put effective arrangements in place for identifying children of compulsory school age living in their area who are missing education.

The closing date is 15 February 2013.

View more here.

Publication date: 21 January 2013

Revision of the London Child Protection Procedures – questions for consultation

The London Safeguarding Children Board is currently working to revise the London Child Protection Procedures and welcome views on this.

View more information here

Publication date: 21 January 2013

Raising the Participation Age Tool kit

A look at the Raising the Participation Age Tool Kit.

  • Legislation - Education & Skills Act 2008.
  • RPA Factsheet - Helpful factsheets explaining what raising the participation age (RPA) will mean for young people, parents, schools and colleges, employers and local authorities.
  • Lessons & Tools from the RPA delivery projects - Since 2009, 66 local authorities have participated in locally-led delivery projects, developing local approaches to increasing participation and preparing for RPA (raising the participation age).These projects have given local authorities the opportunity to test different approaches to achieving RPA and to share their learning with other areas to inform preparations across the country in the build up to 2013/2015.These reports are evaluative and provide feedback and learning from these project areas.

View all the reports here.

Publication date: 21 January 2013

Pickles warned that some councils will go bust

Local authorities have predicted that financially weak councils will go bust and others will be forced to drastically reduce services to cope with cuts to local government budgets outlined by ministers.

Councils in England will face spending reductions of up to 8.8% from April, with an average cut of 1.7%. Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, said the settlement was fair and that the onus was on councils to do more to cut costs and pursue “sensible savings” to protect public services.  To help them he has  published a report: 50 ways to save: examples of sensible savings in local government.

View the full report here.

Publication date: 21 January 2013

Which type of parenting programme best improves child behaviour and reading? The Helping Children Achieve trial.

This DfE report describes the Helping Children Achieve (HCA) study, a randomised control trial undertaken between February 2008 and March 2012.

It assessed the effectiveness of three different parenting programmes to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve reading, in primary school children living in an inner disadvantaged London Borough and a South West city.

View the full report here.

Publication date: 21 January 2013

School governance

The following have been added to the DfE’s leadership and governance pages: Research on the role of school governors - An overview of the research conducted on the governor role, as taken from a prel

A guide to the law for school governors in maintained schools, which contains information on the statutory responsibilities of a school’s governing body.

To read further click here.

Publication date: 21 January 2013

C4EO has produced a paper highlighting three recently published pieces of Research

C4EO has produced a paper which identifies three important recently published pieces of research.

The three pieces covered are:

1. Implementing evidence-based programmes in children’s services – key issues for success (DfE) September 2012

2. Silent voices: Children living with parental alcohol misuse (Children’s Commissioner Office) September 2012

3. Therapeutic services for sex-abused children (NSPCC) April 2012.

View the full report here.

Publication date: 21 January 2013

Pre-legislative scrutiny: Special Educational Needs

This report by the Commons Education Committee welcomes the overall direction of the government’s proposed legislation to reform provision for children with special educational needs (SEN).

However it warns that the NHS Constitution cannot be allowed to prevent the imposition of much stronger duties on commissioning boards to ensure that adequate, joined-up services are put in place across the country.

View the full report here.

Publication date: 21 January 2013

Adoption: pre-legislative scrutiny

The Adoption Legislation Committee’s report calls on the government to widen the scope of its proposed new ‘fostering for adoption’ duty which is designed to encourage councils to place looked after children with foster carers who can then go on to adopt them, providing continuity and stability.

It says that the new duty, which is expected to be incorporated into the Children and Families Bill early next year, does not go far enough and recommends that the scope be extended by creating a duty to consider a fostering for adoption placement for all children for whom adoption is the plan. The Committee also comments on the government’s proposal to remove any requirement to give consideration to ethnicity when placing a child with adopters.

View the full report here.

Publication date: 21 January 2013

National Travel Survey 2011

This statistical release from the Department for Transport presents information on personal travel in Great Britain during 2011 from the National Travel Survey.

Includes travel by age, including school travel.

To view the full report view here

Publication date: 21 January 2013

Tracking economic and child income deprivation at neighbourhood level in England: 1999 to 2009

This release from the Department for Communities and Local Government presents the Economic Deprivation Index (EDI) and the Children in Income Deprived Households Index (CIDI).

These indices track levels of economic deprivation from 1999 to 2009 in small areas in England called Lower-layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs).

To view the full report click here

Publication date: 21 January 2013

Free Schools: government ordered to publish list of bids

Department of Education fails in attempt to withhold details of groups applying to open free schools as appeal dismissed.

This is a move which some have hailed as transparency of the process and an opportunity for the public to have its say. However on the other hand there are fears of disruption to public affairs as well as the free school programme.

To view the full story in more detail click here

Publication date: 21 January 2013

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