Recent news headlines
The following news has been publised in the last 60 days. For older headlines, please browse the archive.
13/06/18: DfE have published a summary of the key findings of their research into mental health provision in schools and colleges as well as case studies with schools on activities to support pupils' mental health and wellbeing.
13/06/18: Place2Be, a children`s mental health charity in England, commissioned a study into the economic case of its one-to-one counselling service in primary schools, which found that counselling services in primary school could lead to improved outcomes including reduced rates of truancy, exclusion, smoking, depression, and crime.
13/06/18: Governors can use these top 10 planning checks to help schools manage their resources and money efficiently.
13/06/18: The Education and Skills and Funding Agency has published information on the enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate chairs of academy trusts must have.
13/06/18: Following their consultation Schools that Work for Everyone DfE have now published their response.
13/06/18: The Church of England Education Office has published a report Embracing Change: Rural and Small Schools in which it re-emphasises the need for small rural schools to `come together in formal groupings` since they cannot continue to operate as stand-alone units.
13/06/18: DfE have published a document setting out the high-level principles for how the accountability system for educational performance will operate.
13/06/18: Should young children be grouped by ability? Dr Eleanore Hargreaves is undertaking a five-year study of pupils put in low ability groups aged seven.
13/06/18: DfE guidance on setting out policies on charging and remission for school activities and school visits has been updated.
13/06/18: Following their consultation Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions, DfE have published their response together with a draft of the revised KCSIE guidance so schools can plan for the commencement of the guidance which comes into effect from 3 September 2018. They have also published revised advice on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools.
13/06/18: Revised guidance has been published for school leaders and governing boards on managing staff and employment issues.
13/06/18: DfE have published their response to consultation on the implementation of T Levels.
13/06/18: The pre-key stage 1 and 2 standards, which are mainly for pupils with special educational needs not working at the level of the national curriculum, have been published by the Standards and Testing Agency, ahead of being rolled out in 2018-19.
30/05/18: In December 2017 the Government launched the careers strategy. The strategy sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that`s right for them. Governors can find out more information on the careers strategy here. Further information on what schools need to do to comply with the statutory guidance can be found here.
02/05/18: DfE has launched a consultation on home education (closes on 2 July 2018). The online survey includes these questions:
- * What steps might help reduce the incidence of schools reportedly pressuring parents to remove children to educate them at home?
- * Should there be a financial consequence for schools if a parent withdraws a child from the school roll to educate at home?
02/05/18: DfE have released a beta version of a data protection toolkit for schools, to support schools to manage data protection and implement the new data protection regulations.
02/05/18: Following their recent consultation on primary assessment, DfE has published an update on measuring progress in primary schools. The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has been chosen to deliver the new baseline test for reception children, which will be rolled out to all schools by the end of 2020.
02/05/18: `Twin classroom dilemma: to study together or separately?`, research led by Goldsmiths, University of London finds no strong evidence that putting twins (whether identical or non-identical) into different classes at school is better for them academically.
02/05/18: The parliamentary education committee has launched an inquiry into the level of school and sixth-form funding, to consider whether a 10-year plan is needed to preserve `high quality` education. They have also launched an enquiry into support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) - the deadline for written submissions is 14 June 2018.
02/05/18: A report from Ambition School Leadership Building Trusts - MAT leadership and coherence of vision, strategy and operations has identified nine `breakpoints` for small and medium-sized MATs, related to issues including expansion and school improvement.
02/05/18: The risk protection arrangement (RPA) is an alternative to commercial insurance for academy trusts. Academy trusts can opt in to the scheme before they convert or before their current insurance arrangements come to an end. Read guidance for academy trusts about RPA.
02/05/18: ESFA have published an academy trust guide to cyber crime and cyber security.
02/05/18: DfE have published tools for good estates management in schools - organisational self-assessment tool, top 10 estate checks for boards, required knowledge and skills and tips to reduce energy and water use in schools.
02/05/18: Why Closing the Word Gap Matters report by Oxford University Press finds that the number of pupils with limited vocabulary remains `stubbornly high` across all age groups, despite a range of programmes addressing literacy. According to academics, 4 out of 10 pupils in their first year of secondary school have such a limited vocabulary that it is affecting their learning.
02/05/18: NASUWT have published their survey report evidencing teachers` and school leaders` experiences of educating children with special educational needs (SEN)