0 Have your say JUST when things couldn’t get any worse for children, along comes another damning report, this time highlighting the scale of Sure Start centre closures. Only last week we learned from the Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield that youngsters in our own region were being dragged down by a toxic combination of poor living standards, underperforming schools and lacklustre economic prospects.It doesn’t seem two minutes since we heard from former Labour Minister Alan Milburn that “growing up poor” – the name of his important report for The Social Mobility Commission in November – was more complex geographically and more damaging socially than anyone had dared imagine. Children in former industrial heartlands, rural and coastal areas are compromised by what Milburn calls “a self-reinforcing spiral of ever-growing division”.And now we have the news that the scale of closures affecting Sure Start … [Read more...] about Jayne Dowle: No hushing up the loss of vital Sure Start centres
0 Have your say Following a successful trial in Yorkshire, the Co-op is to roll out a nationwide scheme to stock local products in its stores. The Yorkshire trial involved more than 50 local manufacturers who provided Co-op food stores with locally produced goods such as eggs, baked goods, ice cream, sweets, chutneys, pies, sausages and beer. The Co-op said the trial was a huge success and the scheme now offers more than 150 local lines across Yorkshire. The Co-op is also working with more than 30 Yorkshire farmers who produce pork, beef, eggs and dairy in the county. The firm said its members are keen to encourage innovation with local products and following the trial in Yorkshire, the programme is now being rolled out to every county in the UK. The news came as the group announced a return to … [Read more...] about Co-op announces plans to support local producers
Local businesses say they aim to work with council chiefs to tackle the city’s rising tide of child poverty. In August last year, The Herald reported how government data, revealed that 45 percent of children in St Peter and the Waterfront and 40 percent in Devonport were classed as living in poverty. Other areas with high rates of child poverty include Sutton and Mount Gould (33 percent), St Budeaux (37 percent) and Honicknowle (34 percent). The lowest rates were recorded in Plympton Erle (13 percent). The overall average figure for the whole of Plymouth is 27.5 percent. According to the End Child Poverty coalition, there are now more than three and a half million children living in poverty in the UK. As a result of the shocking figures more than 50 businesses, public sector agencies and charities came together for a ‘Plymouth Children in Poverty’ awareness event on March 23. The event, held at The Beacon Hub was facilitated by accountancy firm Pricewaterhouse Cooper … [Read more...] about How businesses plan to tackle child poverty in Plymouth
Family & Education By Rachel Schraer BBC News 31 March 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-43544255 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Children in the north of England are finishing school with poorer grades and are less likely to go on to further education. That was the conclusion of a report from the Children's … [Read more...] about The 250 miles affecting children’s futures
From the outside, Manchester has the hallmarks of a booming city. A skyline dominated by cranes, and new developments and ground-breaking educational institutions on our doorstep. It is no surprise our city is often referred to as world-class. Yet the boom-town effect has failed to become a reality for disadvantaged schoolchildren across the region. ‘Huge gaps’ still exist between the poorest kids in northern cities and the poorest in London, a new government report has found. Manchester - and Greater Manchester - was highlighted as a place where youngsters are often held back by ‘a lack of confidence, uncertainty and low expectation’. And it’s not just a lack of aspiration. Schoolkids in Greater Manchester were the least likely in the country to leave school with good GCSEs in English and maths. Fewer than 55 percent of pupils gained A* to C in those subjects. The report, published by the Children’s Commissioner, found this was largely to do with … [Read more...] about Why do Manchester children do so much worse at school than those in London?