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11 March 2020 Levelling Up – What now for education policy?

Following the Conservatives’ election victory in December the new government will be able to implement their election manifesto in full.

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6 November 2019 General election 2019 - implications for schools

Parliament has announced that a general election will take place in the UK on Thursday 12 December 2019. Schools are popular places for polling stations and whilst some larger schools are able to continue to operate on election day, many smaller schools are forced to close.

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29 October 2019 Admission policies may confuse disadvantaged families

In the run up to the deadline for completing the application form for secondary admissions for September 2020 entry, the Good Schools Guide has reported that some admission policies for state funded schools may confuse parents who are less affluent, work at weekends or have English as an additional language.

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24 October 2019 SEND Reforms necessary but flawed

The House of Commons’ Education Committee has published a review of the SEND reforms which were implemented from 2014 onwards.

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7 October 2019 Is the SEND system working?

A recent report from the Local Government Ombudsman has highlighted significant concerns with the operation of the SEND system which is resulting in 87% of parental complaints against local authorities on SEND being upheld by the Ombudsman.

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20 September 2019 Second prosecution of its kind following Ofsted investigation for running an illegal school

A Head Teacher and her father were convicted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for running an unregistered private school in Streatham.

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11 September 2019 School uniform under media spotlight

The new academic year has started with controversy over school uniform. Last week, a government inquiry heard evidence that costs for parents are being exacerbated by compulsory branded uniform, including clothing with school logos, and operating contractual arrangements for the supply of these items with single retailers.

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4 September 2019 Education Secretary confirms DfE 'backing' for exclusions

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has confirmed that head teachers who take “the decision to either suspend or expel a pupil because they need to do it in order to be able to enforce proper and full discipline in their school, and making sure that they're protecting the whole interests of the school, will always have my backing".

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12 July 2019 RSE guidance issued - but do teachers feel ready?

In our previous blog we updated you on the new requirements to teach relationships, health and sex education (elements of which are phase specific) which will become mandatory in September 2020.

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19 June 2019 Mental health - a priority for schools

A plan to be unveiled will ensure that all new teachers in England will be trained to spot early warning signs of mental illness

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