It’s becoming evident that social class or socio-economic status and not gender or ethnicity determine how well a child does at school. The more affluent the family, measured by wealth or job, the more successful a youngster will be and the greater their ‘life-chances’.The defining mission of a responsible North of Tyne Combined Authority must be to tackle these differences and ensure every child in our region has the opportunity to fulfil his or her potential, regardless of family background.The Children’s Commission 2018 report, Growing Up North, is the latest to observe that working-class kids or those from poorer neighbourhoods achieve weaker exam results than those of their peers from more well-to-do families especially in the north of England.According to research done by the Convention of the North, qualification levels are lower in the North than in England as a whole.Over a quarter of the region’s populace have no qualifications. Most of these … [Read more...] about OPINION: Schools and colleges need more investment
Adoptive child behaviour at school
Lengthy school reports are “incredibly burdensome” for teachers and should be replaced with shorter versions, a Government advisory panel has concluded. A review commissioned by Damian Hinds, the Education Secretary, found “limited evidence” for the benefits of progress reports that go beyond the “relatively lean” basic requirements imposed on schools. It also suggested expanding the use of “automatic reporting” to parents - currently used by some schools to flag up a child’s absence. Mr Hinds’s department has now pledged to review national guidance on school reports, suggesting it could be altered to warn teachers against sending long updates to parents and guardians. However the move risks prompting anger among parents. In recent years school reports have been criticised by both parents and some teachers for being “impersonal” and even “robotic”. The review by the government’s Teacher Workload … [Read more...] about Lengthy school reports are ‘burdensome’ for teachers and should move to shorter versions, panel concludes
One day in late June 2001, Rosario Porto, a petite, dark-haired lawyer from Santiago de Compostela, northern Spain, sat nervously on a flight to China beside her husband Alfonso Basterra, a quiet man from the Basque country, who worked as a freelance journalist. The couple, both in their mid-30s, were on their way to adopt a baby girl. Porto swallowed two tablets of Orfidal – a common anti-anxiety medicine that she had used before then – but remained too agitated and excited to sleep. The couple had had no trouble persuading local Spanish authorities that they would make good parents and that their child would be surrounded by a loving extended family. Porto’s father was a lawyer who had been honorary consul for France in Santiago, and her mother was a university lecturer in history of art. They had given their daughter a flat that occupied a whole floor of a four-storey block in what some call Santiago’s “VIP zone”, home to the city’s upper … [Read more...] about Why did two parents murder their adopted child?
By Richard HoganIn last week’s article, I wrote about school refusal. I looked at the difference between truancy and a child’s fear of the school environment. I also discussed why a child refuses to go to school.This week, I am going to outline some of the strategies the parent can adopt to help the child. When a family comes to me presenting with this problem, I ask: what is this behaviour trying to communicate? All behaviour is a form of communication, so we have to decipher what the behaviour is telling us. What has occurred to cause this maladaptive behaviour and how can it be changed?But, as I said last week, sometimes it is not very obvious what is causing the opposition and a child can often struggle to articulate their concerns. This can be very challenging for all involved.While it can be stressful to watch your child go through school refusal, you must remain clam. If you become anxious and stressed, you will be communicating to your child that their anxiety is … [Read more...] about Learning Points: Lessons to be learned for child who fears school
With her tumbling chestnut locks and steady gaze, Dominique Maasdam looks poised and confident as she models clothes for a High Street fashion chain. Dominique, 17, has not only posed for New Look, she also recently auditioned for TV soap Hollyoaks for the part of an autistic teen who has trouble making friends. It is a role which Dominique, from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, has also played in real life, ever since she was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Her condition means she has always had difficulties interacting with others and reading social cues, like body language. Yet there is one more reason Dominique is beating the odds. Although it is separate from her autism, she was also born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, which can result if a mother drinks alcohol while her baby is in the womb. As well as causing learning difficulties, unlike autism it can also change the facial features of the children it affects. Changes include a flattened upper lip, no clear groove between the … [Read more...] about I’m so angry that my mum’s drinking during pregnancy left me disabled as a child… but now I’m modelling for New Look