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2 Weeks in Education – January 19th 2015

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Highlights

Office of the Schools Adjudicator annual report (OSA)

Schools’ ‘overly complex admissions’

OSA annual report criticises complexity of some faith-based admissions policies

Judicial Review challenge to lower threshold for school exclusions

LGA on School Places

 

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[1] DfE
[1.1]  DfE Education Funding Agency
[2] Education Committee

[3] Ofsted
[3.1] Ofsted in the news
[4] Ofqual
[5] School Admissions and Exclusions
[6] Governance, Leadership and Unions
[7] News reporting

[1] DfE

Press release: Minister praises interns with special educational needs

Guidance: School exclusion reviews survey 2015: COLLECT user guide

Guidance: School-level annual school census (SLASC) 2015: guide

News story: Character education: apply for 2015 grant funding

Guidance: Alternative provision census 2015: local authority COLLECT guide

Press release: Disadvantaged children to benefit from ‘life-changing’ money

DfE Character Awards application window now open

Guidance: Standards for school food in England

Open consultation: Working together to safeguard children: revisions

Guidance: Special educational needs survey (SEN2) 2015: COLLECT guide


[1.1]  DfE Education Funding Agency

Guidance: EFA e-bulletin: 15 January 2015 (issue 75): Latest information and actions from Education F…

Guidance: EFA e-bulletin: 8 January 2015 (issue 74): Latest information and actions from Education Fu…


[2] Education Committee

Evidence check: National College for Teaching and Leadership inquiry

Nick Boles MP questioned on apprenticeships and traineeships


[3] Ofsted

Press release: London SMEs and training providers need to work better together

Ofsted examples of good practice working with disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs


[3.1] Ofsted in the news

ATL on Ofsted trialling ‘reliability tests’

Schools to face double inspections

Amber-red alert on Ofsted marriage

Ofsted admits reliability concerns

Ofsted ‘positive discrimination’ call

‘Ofsted’s criteria for “outstanding teaching” are outstanding nonsense, and here’s why’

Ofsted inspections are unreliable and too often based on data, watchdog admits 


[4] Ofqual

News story: Conman sentenced for selling forged exam certificates

Transparency data: Papers for the Ofqual board’s December 2014 meeting


[5] School Admissions and Exclusions

Parents cheating to get children into schools

Archbishop of York attacks free schools as ‘confused policy’ benefiting the well-off

Schools’ ‘overly complex admissions’

Chief Schools Adjudicator’s annual report criticises complexity of some faith-based admissions policies

Office of the Schools Adjudicator annual report: September 2013 to August 2014

‘Free schools are part of the solution to ease pressure on places, not the problem’

Who is failing SEN students – schools or the Government?

Guidance: School exclusion reviews survey 2015: COLLECT user guide and guidance on submitting data for the school exclusion reviews survey

Councils fear school place tipping point

‘School exclusions can condemn kids to life of crime’

Schools face ‘places breaking point’

NAHT response to LGA call for government to fund all school places

LGA on School Places

Almost one in five primary schools has too many pupils, Labour survey finds

ASCL comment on new guidance on school exclusions

Judicial Review challenge to lower threshold for school exclusions

Summary: the new DfE guidance on school exclusions

School discipline & exclusions: updated guidance

Pupils’ lawyers challenge lower threshold for school exclusions


[6] Governance, Leadership and Unions

NGA 2014-15 Bulletin Term 2

Governing Matters: January/February 2015 – magazine for maintained school and academy governors and trustees

Evidence check: National College for Teaching and Leadership inquiry

NAHT response to LGA call for government to fund all school places

ATL comment on Conservative Party plans to make it harder to take public sector staff out on strike

Pay gap between teachers and other professions harming education

Welcome for Sir David Bell’s call for independent education body

ATL comment on Sir David Bell’s speech on England’s education system
New “Families of Schools database” will help schools collaborate and improve attainment

Governor Thoughtnightly Guest Blog – Schools To Business

Twenty Key Questions for the Governing Board to ask itself (Revised Jan 2015)

A Framework for Governance 

ASCL welcomes new Framework for Governance

Treasury told to get a grip on ‘excessive’ headteacher salaries

School Governors awarded in New Year Honours List 2015

‘Is it too much to hope that 2015 may see a let-up in the scatter-gun volley of reforms

Don’t let pupils answer back, head urges teachers

Double act proves that two heads are better than one

Wishes, Predictions and Resolutions for 2015


[7] News reporting

A-level reform: schools plan to ignore change by offering AS-levels

School whistleblowers call for naming and shaming

Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2015

Perplexed by the new SEND rules? Jane has more answers to your legal agony.

‘After Charlie Hebdo we must teach students the importance of free speech, however offensive’

Ministers must stop re-writing curriculum, says schools expert

Graduate prospects ‘at 10-year high’

Schools minister Nick Gibb sets out his timetable for educational reform in Britain 2015

Parents ‘ignore school league tables’

Nine out of 10 parents think all teachers should be qualified, survey reveals

After Trojan Horse, we are still at risk from segregation and intolerance

New school meals standards must be mandatory, says LGA

Children’s mental health ‘a worry’

Anti-terror plan to spy on toddlers ‘is heavy-handed’

Most homework is ‘completely pointless’, education expert argues

Teachers blame bad behaviour on cuts

Cut children’s sugar, parents told

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