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ECJ 4.5 Cover

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ECJ 4.5 Editorial: Fear of rights and the comfort of failure

‘Rights’ is a dirty word with the British public. It suffers from the overtones of dodgy Europhilia – after all, it is the European Court of Human Rights that the public seems to rail against, despite the fact it emerged from an initiative of that most British of prime ministers, Winston Churchill.

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ECJ 4.5 Contents

What's in this issue?

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ECJ 4.5 Developments and news

Covering up child abuse should be a criminal offence; Short term FSM pupils risk becoming underachievers; Tougher SATs tests for 11-year-olds; and more.

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ECJ 4.5 Reports

Report summaries: Barriers to learning from serious case reviews; Mental health and behaviour in schools; Black and minority ethnic access to higher education.

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A single body for children’s rights

What role do schools play in promoting children’s rights? Maggie Atkinson, the Children’s Commissioner, explains how her new role, which merges the Children’s Rights Directorate with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, will work.

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The aspiration question

Do low aspirations cause low achievement? Loic Menzies looks at the debate about improving social mobility and what research tells us about expanding opportunities for disadvantaged children.

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Aiming high

How can schools best help high-achieving disadvantaged young people to apply to higher education? Professor Carole Leathwood analyses her research findings.

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The community route to school improvement

Parenting is roughly six times more potent an influence on a child’s achievement than school. So why don’t schools focus more on communities and families? Professor John West-Burnham says it’s time to take a broader perspective.

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The debt trap

The impact of debt on children has largely gone unnoticed until recently. Sam Royston from The Children’s Society looks at how debt can undermine children’s education and damage their lives.

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Invisible children

Almost 15,000 children are missing from education every day, and we don’t know what happens to them. Lou Kinnaird looks at the risks they face and what the authorities need to do to protect them and keep them on the school roll.

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Keeping children safe in education

It’s 13 years since the horrific murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman forced a rethink of the roles schools play in safeguarding. Andrew Hall shows how safeguarding has become mainstream since those days and asks whether the government’s crusade against bureaucracy is turning the clock back.

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The risks of excluding fathers

You would think that the value of fatherhood is slowly become recognised. Yet, if you dig down into practice, there is increasing evidence that fathers are being overlooked and children are being put at risk as a result. Tim Linehan reports.

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Making schools safer

With children’s social services struggling to be more than an emergency service, Lisa Harker identifies some of the issues teachers have to confront in the child protection system and how schools can make sure they play their part in safeguarding children.

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The route to empowerment

Children’s wellbeing and mental health is a contested field with both medicalisation and talking cures criticised for being damaging or ineffective. But is empowerment a third way? Tim Linehan looks at the Jepeca model.

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