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16 March 2018 Relationship between head teacher and criminal offender raises safeguarding concerns

Is a head teacher obliged to notify her employer of an existing personal, but non sexual, relationship with an individual who had recently been convicted of making indecent images of children?

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20 February 2018 School admissions is change coming

Admission authorities are urged to change their policies ahead of proposed change in the law.

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20 February 2018 Is a lack of good religious education putting pupils at risk

Government data reveals that initial teacher training places in England for Religious Education are below target.

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18 December 2017 New advice on sexual harassment between pupils in schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has released new advice on sexual violence and harassment between children.

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14 December 2017 ESFA to take firmer stance on non-compliance

The new Accounting Officer of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), Eileen Milner, in her first letter to academy trusts has stated that the ESFA will take a harder line on trusts that fail to submit the various financial returns on time.

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10 November 2017 Is inclusion working?

A report by a SEN charity has suggested that pupils with SEN are being pushed out of mainstream education and into special schools.

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10 November 2017 New Supreme Court dishonesty test applied in Regulation

A teacher was found guilty of all charges including dishonesty before a professional discipline tribunal in a decision handed down on 8 November 2017. The Panel were satisfied that the new test of dishonesty as provided for by the Supreme Court in Ivey v Genting Casinos [2017] UKSC 67 should be applied.

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7 November 2017 Adversarial relationship between councils and residential special schools harming school pupils?

A report commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) has warned of a “striking level of mistrust” between residential special schools and councils.

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19 October 2017 Unofficial exclusions for SEND pupils

A newly published Ofsted report on special educational needs and disability (SEND) inspections has found that an “alarming number” of parents have said that schools have asked them to take their children home as a way of coping with their needs.

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13 October 2017 Segregating boys and girls in co-educational schools can be discriminatory

The Court of Appeal overturned a decision of the High Court to rule that segregating boys and girls in a co-educational school could amount to discrimination.

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