Official statistics from the Department for Education show that, this year, 87.7% (546,000) of children in England got a place at their first choice primary school and 85.2% (444,000) were offered a place at their first choice secondary school.
Local government workers including teaching assistants, planners, administrators, social workers and engineers are among hundreds of thousands of union members being asked if they would be prepared to support industrial action against their latest pay offer.
Ofsted has published, “Going the Extra Mile”, a report on competitive school sport, which has prompted Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw to say that pupils in state schools deserve the same opportunities to excel at competitive sport as those in independent schools.
A new set of standards for food served in schools, which will be mandatory in all maintained schools and new academies and free schools from January 2015, has been launched by Education Secretary Michael Gove with the aim of making it easier for schools to create nutritious menus suited to local need.
New guidance to help teachers distinguish between poor behaviour and underlying mental health difficulties has been published by the Government with the aim of ensuring that fewer pupils are simply labelled as “trouble-makers”, and that pupils with unmet mental health needs will get help earlier.
The Government’s Education Funding Agency (EFA), set up in 2012 to fund all state schools and to ensure “efficiency, accountability and transparency”, has not been quick enough to spot risks or poor money management according to a report from the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
At the same time as the Sex Education Forum charity has launched its new campaign to make Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) statutory for all children, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has made a submission to the current Education Select Committee Inquiry into Personal, Social Health and Economic Education (PSHE) on the same issue.