Recent news headlines
The following news has been publised in the last 60 days. For older headlines, please browse the archive.
06/04/18: Further to their consultation on proposed reforms on reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect DfE have issued their response and have not implemented the proposal.
06/04/18: DfE guidance about free school meals and transitional protection arrangements for them under Universal Credit is now available together with a model form that schools can use to determine eligibility for free school meals and the pupil premium
06/04/18: NGA has updated and relaunched their guide the right people around the table. They have also updated their guidance Being strategic: A guide for governing boards.
06/04/18: The Government published their new Careers Strategy in the autumn and in January published updated Statutory Guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff: Careers guidance and access for education and training providers.
06/04/18: Following consultation on proposed revisions to statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children DfE has published its response. Updated guidance will be published in due course with a 12 month lead in time for local areas to develop their safeguarding arrangements, and an additional three months for full implementation of those arrangements.
06/04/18: Ofsted have published their March newsletter, which gives a useful update on information about their inspections, including clarification on inspecting exempt schools, the inspection of schools with a religious character, and what inspectors should look for in relation to careers provision in schools. Paragraph 17 of the School Inspection Handbook has been updated to clarify the position for inspecting exempt schools.
06/04/18: Ofsted's Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman speech at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Annual Conference in March, covered a wide range of issues relating to inspection and the part Ofsted can play in reducing teacher workload.
06/04/18: Ofqual has released a useful updated factsheet to clarify the new GCSE grading system.
06/04/18: DfE has announced an externally led review of school exclusions which will look at why some children, especially those with special educational needs (SEN), children with autism or children in care, are more likely to be excluded than others.
06/04/18: The Statutory Framework for the EYFS sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. Foundation Years website has a wealth of useful information.
09/03/18: Details of the recently procured governance development training for leadership and clerks have been published. Additional information for providers is available here.
01/03/18: In a speech at the Church of England Foundation for Education Leadership, Ofsted's Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman discusses tolerance, respect, diversity and faith schools.
01/03/18: DfE has published its response to their consultation on changes to free school meals and early pupil premium eligibility in light of the national roll out of universal credit.
01/03/18: Year 4 pupils in around 290 primary schools will begin trialling the new on-screen multiplication tables check from March 2018 but it won't become compulsory for schools until 2019-20.
01/03/18: A Barnados survey shows half of all schoolchildren aged 12-16 feel sad or anxious every week with 75% believing it would be helpful to have a professional such as a counsellor at school to talk to when they're upset. School and worries about the future top the list of concerns.
01/03/18: The Charity Commission has recently announced changes to disqualification rules, affecting trustees as well as CEOs and CFO's which take effect from 1 August 2018.
01/03/18: The Commons Science and Technology Committee has announced an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health. Written views should be submitted through the committee's inquiry page by 6 April 2018.