Wednesday, 13 November 2019

13 November 2019 Law group calls for reform of school exclusions

The law reform group Justice has called for a reform of school exclusions; in a recent report, it said that schools do not always fully understand their duties under the Equality Act 2010 which require them to make reasonable adjustments to school policies that may put pupils with SEND at a disadvantage

The report calls for mandatory training for school leaders on the law relating to exclusions, the establishment of a new independent reviewer with powers to investigate individual exclusions and dissatisfied parents having the option of appealing to a judge-led tribunal 

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

6 November 2019 DfE publishes guidance on character education

The Department for Education (DfE) has published non-statutory guidance on character education in schools; this is based on recommendations from the advisory group on character established in April 2019

Intended for school leaders and teachers when planning the development of character education, the guidance covers six character benchmarks which summarise the most important features of good provision, including

- What kind of school are we?
- What are our expectations of behaviour towards each other?
- How well do our curriculum and teaching develop resilience and confidence?
- How good is our curriculum provision?
- How well do we promote the value of volunteering and service to others?
- How well do we ensure that all our pupils benefit equally from what we offer?

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

5 November 2019 Government to extend 'Opportunity areas' funding until 2021

The Department for Education has announced that funding for 'Opportunity areas' will be extended until August 2021; it was originally intended to finish next year

'Opportunity areas' were established in 2017 in twelve parts of the country - including Blackpool, Derby, the North Yorkshire Coast, Bradford and Doncaster - where it was felt that there were significant barriers to social mobility

The funding is used to support a range of activities such as additional mathematics classes for disadvantaged pupils in Year 11

Friday, 18 October 2019

18 October 2019 EBacc entry rate increases to 40%

Provisional data published by the Department for Education shows that the EBacc entry rate rose to 40% in 2019, from 38.4% last year

Entries in humanities rose to 80.6% and in science to 95.6%; those in English and mathematics were unchanged at 95.8% and 97.3% respectively

However, entries in languages rose by 0.5 percentage pints to 46.6%

Monday, 7 October 2019

7 October 2019 Science and language teachers to get up to £9000 retention bonus

The DfE has announced that, from 2020, new teachers with degrees in physics and chemistry, or in languages such as French or Spanish, would be eligible for 'early career payments' if they worked in state schools for four years after they completed their training; those with mathematics degrees already receive the payments

The retention bonuses will be paid in their second, third and four years, totalling £6000 and rising to £9000 for those working in the regions of highest demand

Thursday, 3 October 2019

3 October 2019 Over 1000 schools not inspected by Ofsted for 10 years

Research by the BBC has shown that there are 1010 schools rated as outstanding that have not had an Ofsted inspection for ten years; 24 of them have not had an inspection since September 2016

The Department for Education plans to lift the exemption on routine inspections for outstanding schools that has been in place since 2012

Monday, 30 September 2019

30 September 2019 Over half of young people are now attending university

Official figures published last week show that over half of young people are now attending university for the first time

In 2017-18, 50.2% of 17- to 30-year olds in England participated in higher education; the figures show a steady rise in the higher education participation rate over the last year years

The participation rate for women is 56.6% and for men 44.1%

The Education Secretary urged universities to do more to ensure a diverse intake of students, particularly by encouraging more disadvantaged students to participate in higher education