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Music can help children to learn about history and identity

In its online mental health A–Z the Children’s Society says that having an identity “can give you a sense of belonging, which is important to your wellbeing and confidence.” The theme of this year’s Black History Month is ‘Proud to be’, encouraging people, especially… Continue Reading “Music can help children to learn about history and identity”

Poetry is perfect for helping children to appreciate words and language

‘You campaign in poetry; you govern in prose’. So said the American politician Mario Cuomo. It is one of my favourite quotes — and not just about politics. Perhaps it is because I am someone who loves words and language (and politics) and yet… Continue Reading “Poetry is perfect for helping children to appreciate words and language”

We need to teach black history properly, and not just in October

The theme of this year’s Black History Month, which began last Friday, is ‘Proud to be’. The aim is to encourage all black and brown people, especially children, to share the things about which they are most proud, particularly in relation to their identity… Continue Reading “We need to teach black history properly, and not just in October”

Researchers identify link between nutrition and mental health in children

Here’s what we know already: (i) there is a link between nutrition and physical health (ii) nutrition is particularly important for children’s growth and development (iii) many children do not have a good diet (iv) there is a growing crisis in children’s mental health.… Continue Reading “Researchers identify link between nutrition and mental health in children”

The Wombles are mobilised to support the government’s green campaign ahead of COP26

The Wombles are back! The Wombles — environmental champions living on (well, under) Wimbledon Common — were a staple of 1970s popular culture, not just as a successful stop-motion animation series but also as a pop group, with several top-10 singles to their name.… Continue Reading “The Wombles are mobilised to support the government’s green campaign ahead of COP26”

Why we need to invest in our local swimming pools

The contrast could not be more jarring: just weeks after Team GB won a total of 25 swimming medals at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics (nine of which were gold), a report from Swim England is warning that 2,000 swimming pools in England could… Continue Reading “Why we need to invest in our local swimming pools”

Children’s commissioner’s stirring call for a new settlement for children

The children’s commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has just published the results of the ‘Big Ask’, the biggest ever survey of children anywhere in the world, with over half a million responses. In her foreword she talks of a “heroic generation …… Continue Reading “Children’s commissioner’s stirring call for a new settlement for children”

Agency and empowerment will help counter fatalism and climate anxiety

The morning rush hour commute was even more stressful than normal for thousands of motorists on Monday when climate change campaigners blocked five junctions of the M25. “They’re doing this,” said a protest group member on BBC Radio 5 Live, “because they’re desperate for… Continue Reading “Agency and empowerment will help counter fatalism and climate anxiety”

Saluting Emma, Aleesha and the many other inspirational young people

The historic achievement of Emma Raducanu in winning the US Open having come through qualifying and without losing a single set has rightly been headline news in the last few days. She is one of Britain’s brightest sporting prospects for a generation and surely… Continue Reading “Saluting Emma, Aleesha and the many other inspirational young people”