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2 Weeks in Education – September 29th 2014

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New Round of National Leaders of Governance (NLG) Applications

School admissions authorities reminded about proper vacancy process

40 schools targeted with lightning inspections

Heads reject bad behaviour claims

Governor Thoughtnightly Guest Blog – Wellcome Trust

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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

News story: ISSP primary curriculum project

Press release: Bursaries and scholarships for top graduates who train to teach

Press release: Education commissioner for Birmingham announced

Press release: 100,000 more pupils on track to succeed in reading via phonics

Press release: New GCSE in cooking and nutrition announced

Research and analysis: School business manager learning programmes evaluation

Press release: Watford school officially reopens following massive renovation

Policy paper: Department for Education equality objectives

Timelines for schools: mandatory and useful information: updated to help headteachers, principals and governors

Correspondence: Nicky Morgan writes to teaching unions about talks

[1.1]  DfE Education Funding Agency

Guidance: EFA e-bulletin: 25 September 2014 (issue 62): Latest information and actions from Education…

Transparency data: Local authority benchmarking tables: 2014 to 2015: These tables give detailed info…

Guidance: Education Services Grant for 2015 to 2016: supplementary note: Guidance to help academies u…

News story: EFA Information Exchange calendar now live: The new calendar function is now available on…

Transparency data: Investigation report: E-ACT: An investigation report on E-ACT and its academies.

Guidance: 16 to 19 Bursary Fund: MI Return for 2013 to 2014: A guide to completing the 2013 to 2014 e…

Guidance: EFA e-bulletin: 18 September 2014 (issue 61): Latest information and actions from Education…

[2] Education Committee

Research published: Conflicts of interest in academy sponsorship arrangements

2nd Special Report – Underachievement in Education by White Working Class Children: Gover…

[3] Ofsted

Failure of leadership in tackling poor behaviour costing pupils up to an hour of learning a day

Ofsted finds the need for excellent teaching in further education has never been more important

Ofsted begins series of no notice school inspections

[3.1] Ofsted in the news

Ofsted’s Sir Michael Wilshaw: headteachers should be disciplinarians – video

‘Ofsted must listen up, “outstanding” teaching will never overcome chronic misbehaviour…

Ofsted: putting heads under house arrest

Ofsted rejects claims of tip-offs

40 schools targeted with lightning inspections

[4] Ofqual

Ofqual proposes assessment details for a new range of GCSEs, AS and A levels a to be taught from Septe…

Publications Notice – Ofqual publishes Perceptions of A Levels, GCSEs and Other Qualifications in Engl…

Assessment arrangements for new languages GCSEs

[5] School Admissions and Exclusions

Choosing a secondary school: a teacher’s guide for parents

Widespread socio-economic segregation caused by religiously selective admissions revealed

Council urges middle-class parents to choose state schools over private

School admissions authorities reminded about proper vacancy process

[6] Governance, Leadership and Unions

New Round of National Leaders of Governance (NLG) Applications

Leadership Links NAHT’s newsletter  (issue 185)

NASUWT comments on Ofsted’s pupil behaviour report

ATL comment on Ofsted report on tackling poor behaviour

Tomlinson named Birmingham school chief

ATL comment on Policy Exchange calling for all primary schools to become academies within five years

Questions for governors from the Inspiring Governors regional event

GCSE students given wrong exam grades, say 80% of headteachers

Heads reject bad behaviour claims

NGA comments on research into academy conflicts of interest

Governor Thoughtnightly Guest Blog – Wellcome Trust 

Extending the school day can be beneficial but there are practical obstacles

ATL comment on Education Committee report ‘Underachievement in Education by White Working Class Children’

SGOSS Partnership with The Key

NUT: Fighting for education

NASUWT: Free schools failing to demonstrate they are advancing racial equality, new report finds

NAHT: Open letter to Sir Michael Wilshaw on no-notice inspections

The Inspiring Governors Alliance: The role of school and college governors has never been more important.

[7] News reporting

Half of all Britain’s co-ed state schools don’t have a single girl studying physics at A-level

‘Hove vs Gove’ campaign victory: Parents derail ‘academies bandwagon’

School streaming helps brightest pupils but nobody else, say researchers

There’s nothing irregular about flexi-schooling

There’s no excuse for kids leaving primary school unable to read

The niqab is no reason to deny a girl an education

Low-level disruption ‘hits learning’

Phonics: sharp rise in six-year-olds passing test, but poor lag behind

Abolishing GCSE coursework is ‘dumbing down’ citizenship, teachers claim

Children need ‘compulsory, comprehensive sex and relationships education’

‘Making GCSEs harder shows that Govism, if not Gove himself, still reigns’

Labour vows to continue with performance-related pay for teachers

Teachers lose confidence in GCSE and A-level results over grading errors and ‘constant change’

Inclusive sex education is vital – and British schools aren’t delivering it

Secretive ex-billionaire Chuck Feeney gives away the last of his fortune to educate Northern Irish children

All schools ‘should run a longer day’ to benefit poor pupils

‘Want to be an entrepreneur? Start at primary school’

Loopholes leave academies at risk of sponsors cashing in, MPs warned

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