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1.5 million children worldwide have been orphaned by the pandemic

According to a new study, an estimated 1.5 million children worldwide have been orphaned because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Living near woodlands improves young people’s mental health

Living near woodlands has been found to improve cognitive development and lower the risk of emotional and behavioural problems in young people.
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Assessing children’s post-lockdown reading development

Pamela Hanigan and Rachel Gelder, founders of Lancashire Dyslexia Information Guidance and Support (LDIGS), explain how teachers and SENDCos can assess children's post-lockdown reading development to give the best support to their learning back in the classroom.
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Social welfare research: Foster care support

Professor Kayoko ITO works on a range of social welfare and social work studies, including a foster care support model, as we discover here.
active learning

Can active learning help to close the attainment gap?

Justine Goode, Year 4 teacher and PE lead at Beaudesert Lower School, explores how combining learning with movement can restore children’s mental and physical wellbeing after lockdown.
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How can parents help combat the crushing loneliness felt by young people?

Philip Adkins, National IAPT Clinical Lead at Vita Health Group, discusses the rise in loneliness among young people and provides advice to parents on how they can support a child who feels lonely during this time.
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Dr Alex George appointed as Youth Mental Health Ambassador

Prime Minister Boris Johnson appoints Dr Alex George as a Youth Mental Health Ambassador during Children's Mental Health week.
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Pupil engagement and motivation remains concern for schools teaching remotely

New Ofsted report reveals parents and school leaders are concerned about pupil engagement and motivation during remote learning.
young minds matter

Young minds matter: Protecting children’s mental health from lockdown 3.0

Jon Smedley, a former teacher and founder of Teach Active, explains how schools can help children stay physically active to limit the negative impact of lockdown 3.0 on their mental health.
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Recruitment and retention in the nursery sector in the post-COVID world

Gill McAteer, head of employment law at Citation, details the necessary changes needed to improve recruitment and retention in the nursery sector to fit the 'new normal'.
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Poverty focus: Empowering mothers of street children

Emily Malcolm from Toybox argues that empowering mothers of street children through business has important ripple effects to change the future for generations to come in this fascinating poverty focus.

Should the Early Years address food poverty?

June O’Sullivan MBE, CEO of London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), stresses the need for the Government to make the free school meal voucher scheme available to all children, including those below the age of five.
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Eligibility for childcare support has been extended for working parents

The Government has confirmed that working parents who are on the coronavirus support schemes will still be eligible for childcare support even if their income falls below the minimum threshold requirement.
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Digital EHC pathways: Boosting access to support for children with SEN

Chris Evans, Head of Product & Strategy at Idox, explores the challenges around education, health and care plan assessments and how technology can help to make them more streamlined for children with SEN, parents/carers and local authorities involved.
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Psychological resilience in children during COVID-19

Dr Lucy Viney, Clinical Psychologist and Co-Founder of the Fitzrovia Psychology Clinic underlines the importance of building psychological resilience in children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Social pretend play

Why social pretend play should be promoted in preschools

Scientists from the University of Konstanz and Thurgau University of Teacher Education investigate the importance of social pretend play for children’s social-emotional development, suggesting educational strategies to support children’s play.
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Heavy screen time in childhood is linked to lower academic performance

A new study of 8 to 11 year olds shows an association between heavy screen time and poorer reading performance, as well as between heavy computer use and poorer numeracy.
Disadvantaged pupils

53% of pupils from deprived schools are four months behind, say teachers

As children in the UK return to school three months behind in their studies, a survey has suggested disadvantaged pupils and boys have been worst hit.
children's mental health

Children’s mental health: Transitioning back to school

Paediatric experts from Nationwide Children offer their advice on children's mental health when transitioning back to school.
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Exploring the importance of language in social work

Luke Rodgers, Director of Strategy at the Care Leaders and Julie Tyas, registered social worker and Senior Strategy Lead at Servelec, explore how the language used in a young person’s care record can impact their future.

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