Children raised in greener areas have higher IQ, study finds

Research also found lower levels of difficult behaviour in rich and poor neighbourhoods Growing up in a greener urban environment boosts children’s intelligence and lowers levels of difficult behaviour, a study has found. The analysis of more than 600 children aged 10-15 showed a 3% increase in the greenness of their neighbourhood raised their IQ … Continue reading Children raised in greener areas have higher IQ, study finds

Celebration of children’s right to play, from your doorsteps

Make a Big Noise for Playday 2:00pm Wednesday 5 August 2020 Big Playday events aren’t being held this year. So, Play Wales, Play England, Play Scotland and Playboard Northern Ireland need your help to celebrate Playday in your community. They are calling on families, childcare and play settings, and communities across the UK to join … Continue reading Celebration of children’s right to play, from your doorsteps

New Report – London’s post-16 trajectories

On the day that Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced his support for young people, the Mayor of London's Education and Youth team launched its new report 'London’s post-16 trajectories'. It recommends better careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and less emphasis on the academic route and more on alternative career paths more on … Continue reading New Report – London’s post-16 trajectories

Making London Child Friendly – Designing Places and Streets for Children and Young People

As part of the “Good Growth By Design” programme in the'Intend to Publish' London Plan, the Mayor of London has published a report, “Making London Child Friendly – Designing Places and Streets for Children and Young People”. This report will inform any future SPGs on Children and Young People's Play and Informal Recreation which will … Continue reading Making London Child Friendly – Designing Places and Streets for Children and Young People

Scotland eyes outdoor learning as model for reopening of schools

Scotland eyes outdoor learning as model for reopening of schools Local authorities are exploring how using outdoor space could optimise physical distancing Outdoor learning could offer a template for socially distanced schooling across Scotland, according to practitioners who believe the coronavirus pandemic could push parents and teachers to embrace the benefits of education in the … Continue reading Scotland eyes outdoor learning as model for reopening of schools