Children’s books site member Eligor was outraged on receiving a letter from school announcing a reading programme based on points, rewards and competition. Not only is it unnecessary, it may actually be turning children off reading for fun
I love reading for many reasons. It can be an escape from reality; a comfort for when you feel upset or fed up; nostalgic (I frequently reread my old picture books); just to relax; to think deeply about things (I’ve read a book called the Complete Philosophy Files and reviewed it on the Guardian Children’s book site!); to identify with characters; and also to savour the very words themselves.
The physical side of reading also plays a part. The feel of books, turning the pages, and the smell of books... (If you have ever smelled the pages of an old book, you will know what I mean.)Continue reading...
More than a quarter judged ‘inadequate’ by social care report, and child protection system has too much mediocre provision
Too many vulnerable children face “clear and present risk of harm” because of serious failings in council child protection departments, Ofsted has said.
More than a quarter of councils were judged “inadequate” by inspectors, with three-quarters in total rated as less than “good”, according to the latest annual Ofsted social care report.Continue reading...