Items in the news

18 Nov

There has been a lot of press recently about Early Years, Sure Start Centres, Reading, Families and Arts Education, I thought it might be worth pulling the links together below.  What other items have you seen in the press recently?  Please feel free to share your thoughts or links in the comments below.

Big Names Call for Arts Education to Preserved

A string of big names from the arts world are urging the government to ensure cultural learning is not stripped from schools in England.

Former film-maker Lord Puttnam, Old Vic director Kevin Spacey and Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota have signed a report showcasing the value of arts education. They fear changes to the curriculum could see arts subjects sidelined.

The government said its reforms would not stop schools teaching the arts.

Reading to Children has Long Impact, says OECD Study

Children whose parents frequently read with them in their first year of school are still showing the benefit when they are 15, says an international study.

An Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development analysis examined the long-term impact of parental support on literacy.

Reading with Child ‘Highlight of the day for parents’

Parents in England and Northern Ireland are spending more time reading to their children for pleasure, a survey for the reading scheme Booktime suggests.

The poll found parents spent an average of one hour and 26 minutes a week reading with their children in 2011, up from one hour 18 minutes in 2009. For the majority (71%) reading with their child is one of the highlights of their day.

Free nursery places for 140,000 disadvantaged toddlers

As many as 140,000 disadvantaged two-year-olds could have free nursery or childcare places under a scheme planned to be rolled out in England.

Plans to give 15 hours of free “early education” a week to all two-year-olds from poor homes were announced last year but details have now been set out. A pilot scheme, first started under Labour, is due to be extended nationwide from September 2013.

Further to this, see the News Release from the Department of Eduction

124 Sure Start centres have closed since the coalition took power

The government has confirmed that there are now 124 fewer Sure Start centres for children than there were when the coalition formed last year.

Lord Hill of Oareford, the education minister, released figures that showed there were 3,631 Sure Start centres in April last year, but by 8 September this year there were only 3,507.

Further to this, see the News Release from the Department for Education

Child Poverty warning as cuts threaten to close 3,500 Sure Start Centres

Pressure is growing on the government to step in to protect the country’s Sure Start children’s centres amid confusion over the true scale of cuts being proposed around the country.

Former government adviser Naomi Eisenstadt, Sure Start’s first director at its launch in 1998, said it had become obvious that ministers “couldn’t guarantee anything” for 3,500 centres, credited with reducing child poverty levels and creating community cohesion.

Launch of the Nutbrown Review

On Friday 28 October the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, announced the launch of an independent review of early education and childcare qualifications, to be carried out by Professor Cathy Nutbrown.

The review will look in particular at five themes: content of qualifications and training courses, coherence and inclusivity, creating clear career pathways, standards, and the status of the workforce.  Prof Nutbrown will be making a wide ranging assessment of the current qualifications landscape and opportunities for strengthening the system with a view to putting proposals before the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister of State for Children and Families, Sarah Teather MP, in summer 2012.

 

 

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