Archive for April, 2010

New report shows children of university-educated parents do better at school

Posted on April 28 2010 by Anne Longfield

A recent report commissioned by the Sutton Trust has been published showing the connection between parental education level and pupil academic success is strongest in England compared to the US, Germany and Australia. Among children with parents educated to degree level 56% were in the top quarter of their age group as compared to 9% among children […]

Bullying beyond the school gates

Posted on April 22 2010 by Anne Longfield

Today 4Children is publishing the results of a survey into bullying on journeys to and from school. We know that bullying is a serious concern for parents and is something that creates misery on a daily basis for many children, sometimes leading to tragic consequences. Working on this issue with the father of an 11 year old boy who […]

Families want dads more involved

Posted on April 20 2010 by Anne Longfield

New findings published today by the Fatherhood Institute, trailed in the Daily Mail, suggests that one in four families believe fathers are missing out on day-to-day involvement with their children because of ‘outdated attitudes to parental leave’. The findings are positive in some respects. The  vast majority of parents asked said that key activities such […]

Record numbers of young people join the Scouts

Posted on April 19 2010 by Anne Longfield

Today’s papers are reporting that the number of scouts in the UK  has increased by 16,500 since the start of 2009. This is the biggest growth in 38 years. This is welcome news for both the scouts and young people in general who are getting out there and involved in their local communities. The scouting movment is a […]

Quality childcare to 6pm

Posted on April 12 2010 by Anne Longfield

As election fever begins to hit, it’s good to see that family issues are playing a central role in the debate. At the Family Commission we welcome Labour’s guarantee of childcare and constructive activities for primary age children from 8am-6pm. It is a practical and modern solution to the problem that many parents face in balancing […]

Parents spend more time with kids, but is this a good thing?

Posted on April 8 2010 by Anne Longfield

Oxford University sociologist Dr Oriel Sullivan presented a paper to the British Sociological Association’s annual conference which looked at how much time parents spend on childcare, and how this has changed since 1975. The figures show there has been a large shift – men going from eight minutes of childcare a day in 1975 to 36 […]

Granny Power

Posted on April 1 2010 by Anne Longfield

Further evidence today of how important Grandparents have become in the debate about families.  In what is likely to be the last working day before the election is called Ed Balls chose to launch a guide published by Grandparents Plus with advice and information for grandparents.  The Guide,  supported by Kids in the Middle – […]