PSHE should be statutory

25 February 2015

The House of Commons Education Select Committee has released a new report, Life Lessons: PSHE and SRE in Schools, demonstrating that PSHE requires improvement in 40% of schools and that young people consistently report that the sex and relationships education (SRE) they receive is inadequate.

Link between attendance and achievement

25 February 2015

New Department for Education (DfE) research based on pupil absence figures and exam results in primary and secondary schools has revealed a link between attendance and achievement. It also shows that even short breaks from schools can reduce performance.

Access to school trips depends on parents’ ability to pay

24 February 2015

Pupils’ access to “critical educational opportunities” is becoming “even more dependent on their parents’ ability to pay”, according to The Cost of Education 2014. This annual survey by the NASUWT teachers’ union shows the escalating costs faced by parents.

Access to GCSE subjects varies across the country

20 February 2015

New research has revealed that pupils in some areas of England do not have access to important GCSE subjects which could “severely limit” their employment chances and social mobility.

Every child will have a school place

19 February 2015

The Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, and Schools Minister, David Laws, have announced capital funding amounting to £1.6 billion to support the creation of the new school places that are needed by September 2018.

School’s out — or is it?

18 February 2015

Heads are to use their new powers to change term dates so that families with school-age children can get cheaper holidays and off-peak travel, saving around 40% of the cost.

Calls for greater clarity on childcare disqualification

18 February 2015

The Department for Education’s (DfE’s) Keeping Children Safe in Education: Childcare Disqualification Requirements — Supplementary Advice (November 2014) reminds schools that in addition to their other safeguarding duties, they must comply with requirements under the Childcare Act 2006 and the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009. These cover childcare disqualification and what is referred to as "disqualification by association".

“Worrying gap” in school governor records

17 February 2015

Russell Hobby of the National Association of Head Teachers has described the lack of a central register showing the identities of governors of state schools as a “worrying gap”.

Government plans to reduce teacher workload

16 February 2015

The Government has pledged to reduce teacher workload and has outlined its plans as a result of the publication of the findings of the Workload Challenge survey in which 44,000 teachers expressed their opinions and offered solutions.

Ofsted confirms radical reforms to inspection

13 February 2015

Although Ofsted has now confirmed its plans for radical reforms to education inspections, the teachers’ unions find the proposals in Better Inspection for All lacking.