Schools providing “unprofessional” careers advice

14 January 2015

The Commons Education Select Committee, which is in the process of gathering evidence about careers advice, has warned that some secondary schools are using teaching assistants and other support staff to give pupils careers advice.

Get ready for new CDM rules

13 January 2015

With the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) promising publication of the 2015 Construction, Design and Management (CDM) Regulations some time this month, draft guidance has been made available by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Appoint staff using “positive discrimination”

13 January 2015

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, has apparently said that teaching staff should reflect the ethnic diversity of their school’s pupils and that Heads should, therefore, use “positive discrimination” when making appointments if the candidates are otherwise of “equal merit”.

New School Food Standards come into force

8 January 2015

The new rules for healthy school meals in England became mandatory for all local authority schools, new free schools and schools converting to academy status at the beginning of the winter term.

NAHT warns about performance descriptor changes

7 January 2015

The Department for Education’s (DfE) consultation on performance descriptors at Key Stages 1 and 2 closed just before Christmas, but not before the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) made a submission warning that the proposed performance descriptors may be difficult for teachers to apply and parents to understand.

Changes to careers service

19 December 2014

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced the creation of a new careers and enterprise company for schools. It aims to transform the provision of careers education and inspire young people about the opportunities offered by the world of work.

Ofqual report into 2014 summer exams

18 December 2014

An Ofqual review of the 2014 summer exams has concluded that they were generally managed well but improvement is still needed.

Five steps towards fair education

15 December 2014

The Fair Education Alliance believes that failing to address educational inequalities in England has led to taxpayers paying twice, since the cost of schooling is then followed by further expense later on.