Monthly Archives: July 2018

Children ‘cannot communicate in full sentences’ says Education Secretary

Children ‘cannot communicate in full sentences’ says Education Secretary

Education secretary, Damian Hinds has addressed parent’s concerns about their children’s use of screens in his first major speech. He has said that it is a scandal that some children start school unable to speak in full sentences or read simple words. It has been speculated that primary school children are unable to communicate in full sentences because of the amount of time they are spending in front of screens.

The education secretary has promised to halve, within a decade, the number of children who are not at the accepted level for speaking and reading skills. Currently, figures show that 28% of four and five-year-olds in the UK do not meet the communication and literacy skills expected by the end of their reception year.
Children with poor vocabulary at the age of five are twice as likely to be unemployed later in life than children with good vocabulary research has shown.

A group of companies and charities have been brought together to help with a plan to best support families so that pupils don’t find themselves behind their peers.

Educational researches have shown that social mobility starts at home in the ‘home learning environment’ and that a home with lots of books and learning materials, alongside parents that are able to give their children quality time, talking to them and teaching them how to make sounds, provides a good start to their education. Some parents are unable to offer this kind of environment for various reasons, but the Education Secretary has said that he is not lecturing parents.

He said this early gap had a “huge impact on social mobility… I don’t have any interest in lecturing parents here… I know its parents who bring up their children, who love them, who invest in them in so many ways, who want the best for their children. But that doesn’t mean extra support and advice can’t be helpful.”

Midsummer Mayhem’ Family Fun Day at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells

Midsummer Mayhem’ Family Fun Day at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells

On Sunday 5th August, from 10:30am – 4pm, The Bishop’s Palace will be holding its annual ‘Midsummer Mayhem’ Family Fun Day in the Gardens of the Palace. This will be the third year that the event has taken place, and last year over 1,000 visitors enjoyed a fantastic day of fun-filled family activities. This year’s… Read More…

Midsummer Mayhem’ Family Fun Day at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells

Midsummer Mayhem’ Family Fun Day at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells

On Sunday 5th August, from 10:30am – 4pm, The Bishop’s Palace will be holding its annual ‘Midsummer Mayhem’ Family Fun Day in the Gardens of the Palace. This will be the third year that the event has taken place, and last year over 1,000 visitors enjoyed a fantastic day of fun-filled family activities. This year’s… Read More…

‘Wildlife Weekend with Martin Hughes-Games’ this July!

‘Wildlife Weekend with Martin Hughes-Games’ this July!

Bring the family to the Hawk Conservancy Trust for a very special Wildlife Weekend with renowned wildlife TV presenter and naturalist, Martin Hughes-Games. Martin is one of the UK’s most popular and respected naturalists and zoologists, best known as one of the presenters of the BBC’s successful live shows Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch, which he co-hosted… Read More…

More than 115,000 abused children in the South West of England let down by failing NHS mental health plans

More than 115,000 abused children in the South West of England let down by failing NHS mental health plans

More than 115,000 children in the South West of England who have been abused or neglected are living in an area with inadequate planning for their mental health needs, new NSPCC research estimates. The charity analysed the latest annual plans published by NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) which set out how they will care for… Read More…

YouTube channel banned after child abuse conviction

YouTube channel banned after child abuse conviction

YouTube vloggers Michael and Heather Martin have been sentenced to five years of probation for the treatment of their children which featured in their videos on the site and have now been banned from the platform. They posted videos under the name FamilyOfFive and DaddyOfFive and made videos about their family mostly involving them pranking… Read More…

Report claims number of obese children reaches new record

Report claims number of obese children reaches new record

A new report from Public Health England has said that there is a record number of primary school children leaving school severely obese. Data for 2016/17 shows one in every 25 10-11-year-olds were severely obese, this figure amounts to more than 22000 children and is the highest level since records began. Childhood obesity has remained… Read More…

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