Pupil absenteeism falls sharply

27 May 2014

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.

Safeguard schools when academy trusts collapse

21 May 2014

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.

Encouraging girls to study physics

21 May 2014

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.

Tackling homophobic bullying in Church of England Schools

16 May 2014

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.

UK education ranked in world top ten

14 May 2014

The Learning Curve 2014 Report, published by Pearson to explore the “factors behind global performance shifts”, has ranked the UK sixth out of 39 countries.

First World War education programme

14 May 2014

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.

Financial management of free schools

14 May 2014

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) recently reported on the financial management of free schools in its report “Establishing Free Schools”.

Support for pupils with long-term medical conditions

9 May 2014

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.

Proposed changes to use of asthma inhalers in schools

2 May 2014

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.