College pledges support for mental health campaign

Mental health

A North East college has become the first FE provider in the region to back a campaign that encourages people to speak out about mental health issues.

Time to Change is a national initiative launched by two charities, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, to encourage debate and tackle stigmas surrounding mental health.

Now Gateshead College has become the latest organisation to lend its support to the campaign, which is being backed by more than 550 organisations across the UK.

Sense Launch ‘Play Toolkits’ for Parents and Play Settings

 ‘Play Toolkits’

National disability charity releases instructional guides and video mini-series to:

- Help make play settings accessible for children with multiple needs

- Increase parents’ confidence playing with their children

Earlier in the year, an inquiry, co-led by Lord Blunkett, revealed that one in two disabled children have been turned away from play settings and activities

Nine out of ten parents of disabled children claimed their child didn’t have the same opportunities to access play, compared to non-disabled children.

Many parents lack the confidence to get their kids to exercise


If Canadian parents are going to get their kids to exercise more, they need more than just public awareness campaigns.

Parents exposed to one such national campaign were actually less confident they could increase their children's activity levels, according to a recent UBC study.

"With statistics outside this study showing 88 per cent of parents believe their children exercise enough and only seven per cent of kids meet recommended guidelines, it is clear more needs to be done," says Heather Gainforth, an assistant professor of health and exercise sciences at UBC's Okanagan campus. "While mass media campaigns appear to increase awareness, parents need the support of public policies and programs to help them successfully encourage behaviour change.

Sense welcomes Corbyn’s policy on free universal childcare

Sense welcomes Corbyn’s policy on free universal childcare

However, the deafblind charity has warned the policy is unachievable without sufficient funding for disabled children’s childcare

National deafblind charity Sense today (04 August) responded to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership manifesto in which he announced plans that a Corbyn-led Labour government would introduce free universal childcare.

Head of Public Policy, Kate Fitch said:

New Schools Network wants parents to have the right to sack failing heads 

The New Schools Network is calling for greater power to be put into the hands of parents when their local school is failing to perform. A new ‘parental trigger’ would allow parents to voice their dissatisfaction and set in motion change, ranging from an immediate action plan through to a change in leadership.

The charity that sets up free schools is to put forward the idea in a submission to the Parliamentary Education Select Committee. Nick Timothy, director of the New Schools Network said: “Free schools are putting parents in charge, because they’re giving parents more choice about where to send their children to school.

“But there needs to be more accountability in the system so parents can get the change they want when a local school is failing.