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Newsletter: 2 Weeks in Education – 15th April 2019

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School Admission – EPI report: ‘Fair Access to Schools?


| Schools: Admission, Exclusion and Governance |
| DfE | Ofsted | Ofqual | Westminster |
| Education Unions | News media |

| Schools: Admission, Exclusion and Governance
Twitter updates:  #SchoolAdmission, #SchoolExclusion and #SchoolGovernance

Heads, governors and parents oppose Kent grammar school expansion 

Schools admission system ‘widens the gap between the rich and the poor 

Poorest families half as likely to get top choice of school on appeal

NAHT comments on EPI report into secondary school places

Heads reject MPs’ claim of exclusions and knife crime link

‘Zero-tolerance’ academy softens its punishments

Report: Fair Access to Schools? The impact of the appeals and waiting list system

Vulnerable children playing computer games all day in illegal schools

Wealthy biggest winners from school appeals

OSA – Decision: Crawford Primary School

Councils funding unregistered schools

Truancy ‘worse than expulsions’ for knife crime, says education secretary

Lawrence Dallaglio: School exclusions are a pipeline to prison

More pressure on housing developers to fund new school places

Permanent exclusions of looked-after children at five-year low

The Black Country kids most likely to skip school revealed – and the heartbreaking reasons why

Lancashire’s most vulnerable children being kicked out of school

The school appeals system is cementing inequalities: it’s time for the government to rethink admissions

ASCL response to EPI report on school appeals

Off-rolling in English schools
Published Thursday, April 11, 2019 | Commons Briefing

OSA – Decision: Ivydale Primary School

OSA – Decision: Stallingborough Church of England Primary School

Education Committee – Letter to the Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education, regarding on knife crime and exclusions

Knife crime: Hinds told to give councils more power to monitor exclusions

Hansard: Q – To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of school exclusions.

‘Not preparing pupils for the 11-plus is irresponsible’

Exclusion or poor mental health: which comes first?

Education Committee – Knife crime and school exclusions: Committee writes to Secretary of State

Heads warn of Ofsted ‘confusion’ on off-rolling

Analysis: The Outwood Grange ‘consequences system’

Switching from private school to a comprehensive ‘saved my life’

Grammar schools to prioritise poor local children despite hostility

OSA – Decision: Camelot Primary School

OSA – Decision: Robert Browning Primary School

OSA – Decision: Hollydale Primary School

OSA – Decision: Rainham Village Primary School

Stop the plans for a new grammar school in Kent

‘You’re a Gypsy – are you going to leave school?’

School exclusions double in South Tyneside in six years

Outwood Grange behaviour system ‘falling down’

Waltham Forest youth violence report calls for early intervention and school exclusion prevention

Protesting pupils call on headteacher to stop exclusions and teacher exodus at St Aloysius’ RC College

‘I don’t think any headteacher uses exclusions willy-nilly – it’s done with a heavy heart’ – Permanent exclusions at Lancashire’s secondary schools rise again

Children in low-income families suffer ‘shame and social exclusion’

Four things governors should prepare (or know) before meeting Ofsted inspectors

Knife crime: ‘How can I exclude a child from school if his parent gave him the weapon?’

View on school exclusions: the wrong answer

| DfE

DFE – Press release: Government ensures housing development helps foot the bill for school places

DFE – News story: New training for experts to boost early communication skills

DFE – Guidance: Independent special schools and colleges

DFE – Guidance: Recognition of professional qualifications: guidance for regulatory bodies

DFE – News story: The First Twelve Institutes of Technology Announced

DFE – Correspondence: Relationships and sex education (RSE): Damian Hinds writes to Paul Whiteman

DFE – Guidance: Free schools: how to apply

DFE – Press release: Education Secretary thanks school leaders for academy success

DFE – Press release: New teacher recruitment service set to save schools millions

DFE – Government response: Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education: FAQs

DFE – Guidance: Postgraduate teaching apprenticeships: funding manual

DFE – Guidance: Initial teacher training (ITT) bursary: funding manual

| Ofsted

Ofsted – Guidance: Local area SEND inspections: information for families

Ofsted – Press release: New data shows illegal schools are a huge nationwide problem

Ofsted – Statistical data set: Unregistered schools management information

Ofsted – Statistical data set: State-funded school inspections and outcomes: management information

Ofsted chief not accepted for ‘settled status’

Scrap Ofsted, raise teacher pay and bring back EMA, say union rivals

Parents warn Ofsted it’s missing chances to boost inclusion

Ofsted – Guidance: Inspecting non-association independent schools: leaflet for schools

Tes FE Podcast: A world without Ofsted

Testing is damaging our mental health, pupils tell Ofsted

Ofsted curriculum inspections won’t work, heads warn

Call for ‘misleading’ Ofsted inspection grades to be scrapped

Schools ‘can only do so much’ on knife crime, warns Ofsted

Ofsted – Speech: Matthew Purves at the Schools and Academies Show

SEND inspections: what do Ofsted and CQC inspectors really think?

Ofsted grades are misleading parents and are wrong in up to half of cases, ex-Government adviser says

| Ofqual

Ofqual – Official Statistics: Appeals for GCSE, AS and A level: summer 2018 exam series

Ofqual – Open consultation: Guided learning in Functional Skills

Ofqual – Official Statistics: Perceptions of A levels, GCSEs and other qualifications: wave 17

Ofqual – News story: Qualifications perception survey – latest results released

Ofqual – Corporate report: Ofqual’s Corporate Plan 2019 to 2022

Ofqual – Research and analysis: Evaluation of qualifications reform

Ofqual – Corporate report: Ofqual’s Regulatory Burden Statement

| Westminster

Education Committee – Government Response to the Committee’s Ninth Report of Session 2017–19: Tackling disadvantage in the early years

The School Day and Year
Published Friday, April 5, 2019 | Commons Briefing

| Education Unions

Don’t blame schools for knife crime: Letter to Robert Halfon MP

Teaching equality in school – news round-up

NAHT Annual conference 2019

NAHT response to Secretary of State’s letter about relationships education

Pupils with poor mental health are ‘struggling to learn and at serious risk’, says NAHT

Funding for pupils with special educational needs drops 17%

School apologises for requesting ‘white British’ taxi driver for pupil

Schools ‘forced to sell hundreds of playing fields to make ends meet’

Multiplication test: update on national voluntary pilot

NAHT secures extensive amendments to the revised school complaints guidance

Introducing Ambition Institute

Before promoting ‘workload-saving’ tech, we should speak to the experts teachers themselves, says NAHT

NAHT has ‘significant concerns’ about plans for primary times tables tests

NAHT comments on government consultation on home education

NAHT comment on Child Poverty Action Group survey into child hunger

Register for Children Not Educated in School

ASCL comment on knife crime proposals

NAHT comment on new measures announced to address violent crime

Experts gather to discuss ‘overlooked’ girls with autism on World Autism Day

| Media reporting

SEND National Crisis: Marching for our disabled children’s future

Schools, put down your begging bowls. Unite and protest instead

Over a third of local areas in England reduce real terms spending on low level children’s mental health services

Crowdfunding schools: lessons in unfairness

More than 1,000 English schools turn to online donations to raise funds

Brexit ‘nightmare’ could see GCSEs and A-levels postponed

Parents can’t veto LGBT lessons, schools told

Pupil mental health spending cut by 60% of councils

Faith schools: Campaigners criticise gender-separation ‘loophole’

Hundreds of children could be withdrawn from school over LGBT+ lessons

Teacher tackles government over knife crime

What does the Government’s Online Harms White Paper mean for children?

Hinds vows to protect teachers from knife crime burden

Government treats pupils with SEND like ‘second-class citizens’

Need to know: Are teachers being made ‘scapegoats’ for knife crime?

Heads to be reminded of legal duty to teach about LGBT people

‘The impact of SEND cuts frightens me to my very core’

UK plans social media and internet watchdog

Online Harms White Paper – Download (pdf)

Mother sues over daughter’s suicide attempt in school isolation booth

Teaching children to respect and celebrate LGBT+ relationships

Professionals may have to report children feared injured by knives

Councillors make case for school funding

Plans for register of home-educated children

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