Education
Ofsted pilots new approach to recording evidence on quality of teaching

Ofsted pilots new approach to recording evidence on quality of teaching

In an open letter Ofsted’s national director for schools, Michael Cladingbowl, reveals his thinking behind his organisation’s intention not to grade teachers whilst inspecting some schools. Ofsted has been under fire from a variety of sources claiming an inconsistency when evaluating and placing judgement upon schools and the quality of

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Ofsted reports 79% of England schools “good or outstanding”

Ofsted reports 79% of England schools “good or outstanding”

The proportion of maintained and academy schools in England judged good or outstanding at inspection reached 79% in the period 1st January to 31st March 2014, according to Ofsted’s latest quarterly inspection report. The official report released by Ofsted follows the inspections of maintained schools and academies between 1st January

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Estimated 15,000 adopted children miss out on pupil premium

Estimated 15,000 adopted children miss out on pupil premium

80% of adoptive parents say their children need more support than their peers, whilst 64% felt that the adolescent years were the most unsettling and difficult time for adopted children at school, according to new research from Adoption UK. The charity estimates that around 15,000 children lose out on additional

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Statutory child safety guidance updated to stop “poor practice”

Statutory child safety guidance updated to stop “poor practice”

The government’s statutory guidance for keeping children safe in education sets out how schools and colleges must ensure pupils are safeguarded whilst under their care. The guidance, updated from the previous version in 2006, is meant for teachers, head teachers, education staff, governors and proprietors and relates to all schools

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SEND pathfinder evaluation reports “progress”

SEND pathfinder evaluation reports “progress”

The SEND pathfinder program evaluation report has been published, showing how approaches towards children with special education needs (SEN) are performing with a view to exploring how to reform the statutory SEN assessment and statement framework. Conducted over 18 months, the aim of the SEN and disability (SEND) pathfinder programme,

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HIV Scotland: children in Scotland “learnt nothing” in school

HIV Scotland: children in Scotland “learnt nothing” in school

According to Health Protection Scotland’s quarterly surveillance report into HIV and AIDS infections in Scotland, the number of HIV-infected adults continues to rise, with seemingly little education on the subject reaching those who need it. HIV Scotland is calling for better education in schools. In its recent survey of 276

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Government confirms funding for free school meals

Government confirms funding for free school meals

A package to assist and support primary schools in the delivery of free school lunches to children in reception, year 1 and year 2 infant classes has now been launched by David Laws, the schools minister. State-funded schools in England will be supported by the government in a drive to

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Reporting neglect in schools

Reporting neglect in schools

Teachers spend as much, if not more time with children today as parents do, and it is therefore becoming more and more important that staff have the relevant safeguarding training to know what to look out for if they suspect a child is neglected. According to both the NSPCC and

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250,000 fewer pupils in underperforming secondary schools

250,000 fewer pupils in underperforming secondary schools

Number of pupils taught in underperforming secondary schools falls by almost 250,000 in 4 years. Performance tables published today show that the government’s education reforms are raising standards in secondary schools – with hundreds more schools meeting tougher targets. This year, schools are below the floor if fewer than 40% of

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UK provides schoolbooks for a generation of children in Lebanon

UK provides schoolbooks for a generation of children in Lebanon

80,000 Syrian refugee children and over 220,000 Lebanese schoolchildren will receive a set of academic textbooks thanks to UK support. An entire generation of schoolchildren in Lebanon will get a boost to their education under a new UK initiative announced today by International Development Secretary Justine Greening during a visit

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