Education
Government announce £2 million fund to help schools tackle homophobic bullying

Government announce £2 million fund to help schools tackle homophobic bullying

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has announced a £2 million fund, available to charitable and not-for-profit organisations, to help tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying in schools. The HBT Challenge Fund comes after a NatCen Social Research report found a “whole school, integrated approach” proved most beneficial in the

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Free nursery places not delivering long-term benefits, says research

Free nursery places not delivering long-term benefits, says research

A study, collated from research data gathered by three universities, reveals free part-time nursery places for three-year-olds in England has not created any sustained educational benefits for children. Researched collaboratively between the University of Surrey, University of Essex and the Institute of Education, the report studied children in early education

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Early years pre-school funding to help disadvantaged children released

Early years pre-school funding to help disadvantaged children released

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced the release of an early years pupils premium totalling £50 million with an aim to support three-to-four year old, pre-school children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Schools, nurseries and childminders will be able to receive £300 for every three-to-four year old children coming from low-income

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New childcare and education minister praises child practitioners

New childcare and education minister praises child practitioners

Parliamentary under secretary at the Department for Education, Sam Gyimah, has written an open letter praising practitioners working within childcare and children’s education sectors. Sam Gyimah, who was appointed into his current post on 15th July 2014, explains that during the first few months in office he has been “impressed

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Service map to help Scottish kids with additional support needs launched

Service map to help Scottish kids with additional support needs launched

Scottish advice organisation, Enquire, has launched an interactive service map to help children and young people in Scotland find additional support needs and advice. Enquire developed the map following a strategic review into learning provision requirements for children and young people with “complex” additional support needs. The map aims to

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New guidelines published in preparation for SEND system changes

New guidelines published in preparation for SEND system changes

As the system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) is due to change on September 1st 2014, the government has published new guidelines to help parents and carers understand what this means for them. The guidelines aim to breakdown the meaning of special educational needs

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Support for at-risk pupils reduces number of permanent exclusions, says 3-year DfE study

Support for at-risk pupils reduces number of permanent exclusions, says 3-year DfE study

A study published by the Department for Education (DfE) suggests that permanent exclusions of at-risk children may be reduced when schools are given greater responsibility to meet their needs. Schools from 11 local authorities took part in a three-year School Exclusion Trial conducted by the Institute of Education, a public

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Children from “poorest backgrounds” to be prioritised for places in state-funded schools

Children from “poorest backgrounds” to be prioritised for places in state-funded schools

A new draft admissions proposal, currently in government consultation, would see priority given to pupils eligible for free school meals and the pupil premium. The announcement to prioritise the admission of children from disadvantaged backgrounds came from former education secretary Michael Gove back in 2010. Gove said: “What we wanted

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Gove replaced as education secretary as part of Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle

Gove replaced as education secretary as part of Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle

Michael Gove has been demoted to chief whip following a major cabinet reshuffle to enhance the Conservatives’ public image. Cameron tweeted yesterday: “Michael Gove is Commons chief whip. He’ll have an enhanced role in campaigning and doing broadcast media interviews.” While a host of people from the teaching profession exclaimed

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Universal free meals concern in deprived schools

Universal free meals concern in deprived schools

The government’s universal free school meals promise detailing schools’ obligation to provide free meals to all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 is causing concern regarding budgeting and lack of facilities in deprived schools. Lancashire’s representative for the National Association of Head Teachers, Les Turner said that many

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