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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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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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28 May 2019 Are you Baker Clause compliant?

The Baker Clause was introduced last year. This clause requires schools to publish a statement online describing their careers programmes and how providers access their pupils to talk about technical education and apprenticeships.

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20 May 2019 DfE to issue more guidance on Sex Education and parents rights

The DfE has recently laid its draft Regulations on Relations, Sex and Health Education before Parliament and has published accompanying draft statutory guidance.

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13 May 2019 Timpson Review - managed moves

One area addressed by the Timpson review of exclusions published this week was 'managed moves'.

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3 May 2019 Next steps for SEN funding

The Secretary of State for Education is reportedly announcing a call for evidence on the issue of SEN funding today.

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15 April 2019 Challenges to SEND funding

A recent High Court decision has confirmed that the use of funding bands to allocate funding to children with Education Health & Care Plans is not unlawful and is sufficient to meet the duties placed on local authorities to secure special educational provision set out in such a plan.

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15 April 2019 SEND funding not matching demand

Recent reports from the National Education Union conference have reinforced the current issues arising out of funding the support that children with SEND require.

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2 April 2019 New financial rules for church Academy Trusts come into force

For some time the Academies Financial Handbook has restricted Academy Trusts in how much they could pay for goods or services purchased from a 'related party' i.e. a person or organisation closely linked to the Academy Trust.

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