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If you care about children’s mental health, solving UK poverty should be at the top of your to do list

  • Helen Barnard
  • 19 June 2018
  • Posted in: Health & Social Care

When was the last time you got angry about poverty?  Many teachers, social workers, nurses and support workers have a lot to be angry about; dealing with intense pressures every day, stretching money, time and themselves further and further to meet their communities’ needs. But there is a hidden pressure that underpins many of the difficulties which they help children and families deal with; rising poverty.

There is an overwhelming body of evidence showing that children living in low income fam…

  • children

Prime Minister's NHS Funding Plan Receives Brexit Backlash

  • Alex Jones-Casey
  • 18 June 2018
  • Posted in: Health & Social Care, Management & Leadership

It’s world-cup season; so, it seems fitting to sum-up the government’s latest NHS funding ‘plan’ with what researchers found to be the sixth (out of 30) most irksome football pundit clichés:

‘If that was on target, it would have been a goal.’

In normal circumstances, announcing extra funding for the National Health Service is guaranteed to court gratitude from the press, the electorate and the NHS itself.

However, we live in anything but normal times.

Since Monday, Theresa May’s strategy for…

  • NHS budget
  • further NHS funding
  • NHS England
  • central government
  • finance

Teaching Excellence Framework and Student Outcomes at the crossroads?

  • Dr Geoff Stoakes
  • 15 June 2018
  • Posted in: Education & Training

This is a critical juncture for the great experiment which is the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework.  A number of stars are coming into alignment.

Firstly, the results of TEF Year 3 (the second institution-level) TEF were published on 6 June and we can start to assess whether the refinements following the lessons learned exercise following the first assessment round have had a marked effect. For example, the halving of the weight attached to the each NSS metric was a potential …

  • Teaching Excellence Framework
  • TEF