At a glance headlines: January 30, 2014


An inquiry into children's wellbeing, free support for teaching coding and a resource to help children with learning disabilities to manage their feelings are among the SecEd At a glance headlines for January 30, 2014.

Wellbeing inquiry

MPs are to hold a one-off evidence session on child wellbeing in England. The House of Commons Education Select Committee hearing comes after the UK was ranked 16 out of 21 developed countries in terms of child wellbeing in the UNICEF Report Card 2013. The judgement was based on indicators of material well-being, health, education, behaviour and risks, and housing and environment. The hearing will take place in March and submissions of written evidence are invited. The deadline for these is noon on March 3. Visit:

Institute honour

Twenty-two London schools have been recognised for their work with teachers and to improve the education and lives of young people. The schools have been named specialist partners by the Institute of Education in London. All of the schools work with the IoE in areas of initial teacher education, professional and leadership development and research. Among them, Alexandra Park School in Haringey was recognised for its initial teacher education and Seven Kings High School in Redbridge for its professional and leadership development. The IoE intends to designate more specialist partners in the summer. Visit:

Coding support

A UK education games studio has pledged to deliver 100 hours of coding sessions to schools to help them prepare for the new computing curriculum in September. The sessions, being run by Kuato, will kick off on February 10 (at Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney) and teachers are being invited to apply to take part. The offer comes alongside the launch of Hakitzu, a new game from Kuato that helps students to learn the basics of Javascript. The initiative is open to middle and secondary schools. Visit:

Feelings advice

A guide to help young people with learning disabilities to better manage their feelings has been published. The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has produced the guide to help professionals adapt the Australian FRIENDS for Life programme, which was developed to build resilience by helping teens cope with feelings of fear, worry and depression. It teaches cognitive, behavioural, and emotional skills. Visit:

How to argue

A review of research into how arguments between couples can affect their children has been published. Parental Conflict looks at the differences between “destructive” and “construction” conflict. Destructive conflict such as sulking, slamming doors or making children the focus of an argument can have a detrimental impact on their development and puts them at a greater risk of negative outcomes such as social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The review has been published by OnePlusOne, a training provider for healthcare professionals.


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