The latest government figures show that pupil absence during the 2013 autumn term was at its lowest level since records began in 2006, and also that there has been a sharp drop in pupils regularly missing school.
When the sponsor for six academies announced that it is to fold, Dr Mary Bousted of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) urged the Government to ensure that safeguards are in place so that children’s education does not suffer when academy chains fail.
At the same time that the Institute of Physics (IOP) is to undertake research into why so few girls take physics at A-level, a teachers’ union has warned the Government that adding maths and physics to the league tables is not the best way to encourage take-up of these two subjects.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched new guidelines to tackle homophobic bullying in Church of England schools, saying that its million pupils must be taught to “revere” and “honour” gay and lesbian people “despite the church’s teaching that homosexual acts are a sin” as this does not justify stereotyping, bullying or discrimination.
At the same time as a unique five-year education programme has been launched to support teaching and learning about the First World War, schools have been warned about the possibility of asbestos in wartime artefacts used in lessons.
New statutory guidance has placed a legal duty on governing bodies of maintained schools and proprietors of academies to support pupils with long-term medical conditions, such as diabetes and epilepsy.
The Department of Health is planning to consult on a change to the regulations governing the use of asthma inhalers in schools. This follows a review by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) which recommended that schools should be allowed to hold a salbutamol inhaler, with an appropriate spacer for use in an emergency, if a child presents with an acute asthma attack.