the story as ‘old as class itself’…

If you send your child to a boarding school at the age of eight, it’s sound parenting, whereas if you send your eight-year-old to live with your sister because your shifts have changed, that’s a “family in chaos”. more excellent straight-talking from Zoe Williams, full article here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/17/michael-wilshaw-gove-school-parents-fines

Mr Duffell introduces his wounded leaders…

“socially privileged children are forced into a deal not of their choosing, where a normal family-based childhood is traded for the hothousing of entitlement. Prematurely separated from home and family, from love and touch, they must speedily reinvent themselves as self-reliant pseudo-adults” Here Nick Duffell introduces the ideas from his new book Wounded Leaders, and how, to quote My Mum when she saw the book, ” oh, this effects all of us doesn’t it?”. full article here:

#changeneglectlaw and the queens speech

It is encouraging¬†to see that the so-called ‘Cinderella law’ has made it into the queen’s speech. Hopefully¬†this shows a move towards taking children’s emotional needs seriously. If neglect is described as “persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs”¬†surely that would apply to a six-year-old raised in an institution without physical affection and parental nurture? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27693587