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2 Weeks in Education – September 15th 2014

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Awards for Outstanding Governance Open! Nominate your governing board or clerk

Sutton Trust Mobility Manifesto

‘Champions League’ of school leaders to recruit 100 heads

Governor Thoughtnightly – Back To School

NUT: SEND – Code of practice – advice and guidance September 2014


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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

Guidance: Common transfer file 14: specification

Guidance: School workforce census 2014: XML generators

Guidance: School workforce census 2014: guide for school-employed staff

Guidance: Special free school revenue funding: 2014 to 2015 academic year

Guidance: SEND: guide for health professionals

Press release: Children who have early education get higher GCSEs

Research and analysis: Influences on students’ development at age 16

Press release: PE and sport premium: more children benefiting from school sport

Press release: £1.8 million training boost for language teaching

Statutory guidance: Key stage 1: assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)

Guidance: School census 2014 to 2015: COLLECT guide for academies

Guidance: School census 2014 to 2015: editing data in COLLECT

Press release: £1 million in grants paid out as childcare scheme hits milestone

Statistics – national statistics: Special educational needs in England: January 2014

Press release: New curriculum will make education system ‘envy of the world’

Transparency data: Universal infant free school meals: schools offering a hot meal

Guidance: SEND: guide for early years settings

News story: Armed forces learning

Guidance: School preference data collection 2015: technical specification

[1.1]  DfE Education Funding Agency

Transparency data: Academies finance and assurance steering group minutes May 2014: Minutes of the 6 …

Guidance: EFA e-bulletin: 4 September 2014 (issue 59): Latest information and actions from Education …

Guidance: High needs students aged 16 to 25: funding and commissioning arrangements: A letter explain…

[2] Education Committee

Government Response: underachievement in education by white working class children

[3] Ofsted

Ofsted Further Education and Skills Annual Lecture: Securing a better future for all at 16 and beyond

Childminder agency handbook published today

[3.1] Ofsted in the news

Ofsted warning over Neet generation

Ofsted admits complaint about school’s prior knowledge of inspection

Ofsted: government failing to act over long-term NEETs

Ofsted chief: private schools ‘must justify their tax breaks’

ATL comment on Ofsted’s criticism of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) chain of academies

[4] Ofqual

Setting standards for new GCSEs in 2017

Regulatory letter RO26/2014 – Information Audit 2014

[5] School Admissions and Exclusions

Sutton Trust: Nearly half parents want ballots to play a part in school admissions + Sutton Trust Mobility Manifesto

Lotteries should decide secondary school admissions, parents say 

ATL comment on school admissions poll

Parents increasingly coming round to the idea of ballots for school places

Offer all children chance of private school, parents say

Support for parents is the key to tackling pupil aggression in schools

OECD: UK class sizes ‘among biggest in developed world’

Parents ‘willing to pay £50k extra’ to secure school places

Bigger classes for budget efficiency

Faith schools: Government urged to put cap on places for believers

We built a rooftop playground to make space in our crowded school

Exclusive: Nearly 2,000 families still without school places for their children

Religious leaders want a ban on faith schools excluding pupils because of their beliefs

[6] Governance, Leadership and Unions

NGA Newsletter 29/08/2014

Get tough with unprofessional governors, schools told

NAHT: Talented Leaders: why are they being undermined?

Lord Nash writes to chairs of all school governing boards

Mobility in the Manifestos

School of the Month Follow-up – Cheshunt School

ATL comment on National Careers Council report on careers advice

Tough schools ‘to get best new heads’

Rising child poverty impacting on educational progress

National Coordinators of Governors Services: Conference Programme published  (pdf)

Programme launched to recruit talented school leaders

NUT: A manifesto for the 2015 general election

Education secretaries need to up their game, says ATL president

NAHT: Compulsory setting: the dog that didn’t bark

“Checks on immigration status in schools will divide communities and create a climate of fear”

New National College report on Federation governance

Further improvements for Modern Governor

Policy initiatives vs. evidence in education

Governor Thoughtnightly – Back To School

Coalition government’s education legacy likely to damage a generation of children – ATL

ATL comment on Ofsted’s criticism of the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) chain of academies

NCOGS Commission- The Ofsted Inspection of Local Authority School Improvement Services Governance support and challenge- Expressions of Interest sought.

[7] News reporting

ASCL welcomes £13 million for school to school support

A quarter of parents ‘do their children’s homework’

Parents remove 14 children from school after headmistress bans packed lunches

GCSE grading system to be toughened up, says Ofqual

Britain has one of highest rates of university participation – yet literacy remains low

Campaign to end ‘shameful’ reading gap in UK schools

Exam culture in schools doesn’t teach children about the world

Mother who kept her daughter off school over cancer fears cleared by court

A million ‘missing out’ on state help for school leavers

Nearly half of poor 11-year-olds unable to read books, newspapers and websites

Give poorest pupils vouchers to pay for private tuition, report says

Secondary schools ‘may be forced to set pupils by ability’

Parents forced to ‘pay twice’ for expensive school uniforms

More infants being labelled with special educational needs

Education system in UK ‘more efficient than effective’

Earn £32k while studying for a degree

Schools and poverty: ‘It’s a nightmare at this time of year’

Why real life St Trinian’s is welcoming boys – but teaching them separately

Half of schools in UK’s biggest academy chain are failing pupils

Threats and assaults becoming a ‘daily reality’ for teachers

Five-year-olds to be taught computer programming and foreign languages

Nurseries told: ‘stop separating young children by age’

Poorly-trained teachers ‘unable to deliver new curriculum’

Charities urged to open own schools

Pupils begin ‘tough’ new curriculum

Poverty inquiry finds growing inequality in schools

London parents want local councils to have more powers over schools

GCSE results 2014: Independent schools table

Boarding school plan to transform troubled children’s chances

Gove set out the reforms. I’m pursuing them

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