Recent news headlines

The following news has been publised in the last 60 days. For older headlines, please browse the archive.

08/08/18: The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published a guide Understanding your data: a guide for school governors and academy trustees. This forms part of the `School Resource Management` collection page.
08/08/18: A new report, Bridging the Gap by adoptionuk explores the barriers to educational achievement which impact on adopted and previously looked-after children.
08/08/18: The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published tools to make sure the right policies and processes are in place for good estate management in schools.
08/08/18: The Department for Education (DfE) has published new guidance on gender separation in mixed schools.
08/08/18: The latest Ofsted school inspection update is now available.
08/08/18: DfE has published guidance and resources for multi academy trusts, including those establishing new trusts and existing trusts planning to grow.
08/08/18: The 2015 version of the information sharing guidance has been updated, superseding previous guidance published in March 2015.
08/08/18: The Education Policy Institute has issued a new report which compares the performance of academy chains and the collective performance of maintained schools under different local authorities.
08/08/18: The SEND Governance Review Guide has been launched, focusing on how the governing board can support high quality outcomes for learners with SEND.
08/08/18: DfE has published new analysis which explores how children on Free School Meals and children with Special Educational Needs go on to fare in the job market.
08/08/18: Latest research shows more than a quarter of four-and-five-year-olds lacked the early communication and literacy skills expected by the end of reception year. In a speech to the Resolution Foundation Damian Hinds has set out a range of measures and a new coalition of organisations to look at ways of supporting parents with helping children learn new words and develop their communication skills.
08/08/18: A report by the parliamentary education select committee warns that rising numbers of children are being denied the education they deserve as a result of increasing exclusions, illegal off-rolling and poor-quality alternative provision. According to the most recent figures, exclusion rates have risen for three years in a row. Their findings have prompted renewed calls for a bill of rights for excluded pupils and their parents.
26/07/18: Ofsted have published a guidance document for inspectors about physical intervention and restrictions of liberty - useful for school leaders (and others) where physical intervention or restraint is used with young people.
26/07/18: The Education Policy Institute's latest report School Performance in academy chains and local authorities 2017 continues to find that a wide range of outcomes are being achieved in different academy chains and local authorities and recommends that high performing local authorities should be allowed to take over schools from underperforming academy chains.
26/07/18: DfE have updated their Early Education and Childcare statutory guidance which takes effect from September 2018.
26/07/18: The latest Language Trends survey suggests that children from poorer backgrounds in England are increasingly likely to miss out on learning a foreign language.
26/07/18: A Guide to Apprenticeships for the School Workforce provides information to schools on what apprenticeships are, how schools can use them, and how the apprenticeship levy and public sector target apply to schools.
26/07/18: At two recent conferences, Amanda Spielman Ofsted's Chief Inspector discussed the future of school inspections (The Bryanston Education Summit) and work developing the 2019 education inspection framework (Festival of Education at Wellington College).
26/07/18: Damian Hinds, Secretary for Education, has called on employers to encourage staff to become school governors. He has also announced that the budget for governor training and support will be doubled to £6 million up to 2021 and set out plans for strengthening the accountability of academies.
26/07/18: Useful resources for governors with responsibility for SEND are available from the Driver Youth Trust.
26/07/18: Researchers at Lancaster University have published their report suggesting that social inequality affects education more than any government policy.
26/07/18: Regional Schools Commissioner Dominic Herrington will become acting National Schools Commissioner from the beginning of September 2018.
26/07/18: DfE has launched a free website for schools to advertise staff vacancies in Cambridgeshire and the North East, with a view to rolling it out nationally by the end of the year.
26/07/18: Most schools are reporting increased mental health difficulties amongst pupils and students. This national trend ranges from generalised anxiety to suicidal ideation and the Green Paper on children's mental health proposes a greater role for schools in this area, encouraging schools to appoint a designated lead for mental health. Schools should also get support from community mental health teams to help raise skills and awareness amongst staff. To support this, national initiatives such as Mental Health First Aid Training offer a free place to schools for their Youth course (covering 8-18 year olds).
26/07/18: Children's Commissioner's report Kin and Country - Growing up as an Armed Forces child makes a number of recommendations to help children growing up in service families.
26/07/18: The latest DBS News includes a useful section on the 'Top Ten Application Errors'. Since January 2018, there have been 34,614 errors recorded on submitted disclosure forms - this article highlights the key errors.
06/07/18: The DfE have published a resource from the 2018 MAT Development Programme so that MATs not on the programme can use it if they wish. The resource is available on GOV.UK through this link. The resource is a set of developmental questions covering school improvement, governance and finance to help MATs to reflect on and improve their practices. It includes suggestions for how the questions can be used, either as a self-evaluation tool or in partnership with another MAT. It is for MATs to decide whether and how to use this resource.
06/07/18: The DfE has published a guide which forms part of the `School Resource Management` collection page. This product aims to encourage both schools and trusts to use educational and financial data when reviewing performance, and supports governors and trustees to engage and challenge the executive teams in their school or academy trust. This resource is not about collecting more information or additional reporting. It is about collecting the right information, understanding it and using it. This will allow governors and trustees to engage with their executive teams about the educational performance and the financial sustainability of their school or trust.

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